Oregon Window Tint Laws, Exceptions & Penalties

In Brief: Oregon Window Tint Laws

In Oregon, for sedans, SUVs, and vans, on the windshield, non-reflective tint is allowed on the top six inches of the windshield. The front side windows must have minimum 35% tint darkness. The back side and rear side windows of sedans must have minimum 35% tint darkness, while those in SUVs and vans may have any dark tint. The state provides medical exemptions. For more details, please check out the article below.

Applying a tinted film to your car window reduces the intensity of sunlight and other lights entering your vehicle, protecting you from glare and heat.

The tint also lowers visibility, thus providing you and the passengers’ security.

The motor window tinting laws were passed in Oregon in 2003. The Oregon Department of Transportation regulates these laws.

Here, we offer the latest window tint laws for cars in Oregon (OR).

This article is based on the latest guidelines and matches the authorities’ policies at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the International Window Film Association in March 2020.

Oregon Window Tinting Laws

Window tinting or glazing for passenger and multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) is provided for various purposes such as sun-shielding, medical conditions, and legal protection.

The Visible Light Transmission describes the level of tinting the car windows can have. It is the percent of light that a tint film permits to pass through your car windows.

A higher VLT means more light will pass through the window, while a lower VLT means a lesser amount of light will do so.

The percentage of light permitted through your film and glass in Oregon depends on the type of your car, be it a passenger or a multipurpose vehicle (MPV).

Tint Darkness for Sedans

Please note the tint darkness laws for sedans in Oregon.

Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top six (06) inches of the windshield.
Front Side Windows: Minimum 35% of the outside light must be allowed inside. This means that the windows are allowed up to 35% VLT or tint darkness.
Rear Windows: Minimum 35% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
Back Side Windows: Minimum 35% of the outside light must be allowed inside.

Tint Darkness for SUVs and vans

Please note the tint darkness laws for SUVs and vans in Oregon.

Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top six (06) inches of the windshield.
Front Side Windows: Minimum 35% of the outside light should be allowed inside.
Rear Windows: Any tint darkness may be used for these windows.
Back Side Windows: Any tint darkness may be used for these windows.

Windows Tint Reflection Laws in Oregon

A reflective effect on your window tint reflects the environmental light on the window, reducing the glare and heat inside the vehicle. Some states may permit a reflective window tint.

Tint Reflections for Sedans

Please note the tint reflection laws for sedans in Oregon.

  • Front Side Windows: The window tints should not cross 13% reflectiveness.
  • Back Side Windows: The window tints should not cross 13% reflectiveness.

Tint Reflections for SUVs and vans

Please note the tint reflection laws for SUVs and vans in Oregon.

  • Front Side Windows: The window tints should not cross 13% reflectiveness.
  • Back Side Windows: The window tints should not cross 13% reflectiveness.

Other Window Tint Rules in Oregon

Oregon has additional rules for cars regarding the manufacturer’s certificate, labels to identify legal exceptions, medical exemptions, and so on.

  • Side mirrors: Both the left and right side mirrors are required if any window tint behind the driver is tinted.
  • Certificates: Certification of the window film by manufacturers is mandatory in Oregon. The manufacturers must provide you with a certificate stating the light transmittance and reflectance.
  • Stickers: In Oregon, any sticker to identify certified tinting is not required.
  • Medical Exceptions: Oregon provides medical exemptions for special tints. Please see Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws.

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in Oregon

You can customize your window tints with color. Some states may restrict tint colors.

The state of Oregon restricts RED, GOLD, AMBER, YELLOW, and BLACK as tint colors.

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in Oregon

If you have a medical condition, you can apply for an exemption and use a special tint in some states. The condition must require the driver or passenger to be shielded from the sun’s direct rays while present in the car.

The Department of Motor Vehicles will not provide an exemption certificate.

The owner of the vehicle or a member of the owner’s household may get their physician or optometrist to provide a prescription, letter on the practitioner’s letterhead, or an affidavit stating that there is a physical condition that requires the person to have windows tinted darker than what Oregon law allows.

The medical prescription, letter or affidavit and the tint installer’s certificate must be present in the vehicle and provided to law enforcement upon request.

Penalty for Breaking Oregon Window Tinting Laws

Failure to comply with these laws will lead to you being charged with a Class B traffic violation with a $360 fine.

Summary

We have provided the guidelines for window tints in the state of Oregon.

Please do not hesitate to post questions or comments below.

You may even email us. While we keep our articles up to date, we encourage you to communicate with your state department of transportation or highway patrol for more information.

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