Texas Window Tint Laws with Exceptions & Penalties

In Brief: Texas Window Tint Laws

In Texas, for sedans, SUVs, and vans, non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of the windshield on the windshield. The front windows must have minimum 50% tint darkness. The back and rear windows must have minimum 35% tint darkness for sedans while in SUVs and vans, the windows can have any tint darkness. The state provides medical exemptions. For more details, check out the article below.

Window tinting is the answer for protecting your car from overheating and yourself from excess glare due to incoming sun rays in vehicles. The tint helps in the reduction of external lights entering the vehicle.

Texas applied the car window tinting laws in 2009. The Texas Department of Public Safety regulates these laws.

Here, we offer the latest window tint laws for cars in Texas (TX).

The guidelines in this article is based on the latest updates and follow the regulations provided by the authorities at Texas Department of Public Safety and the International Window Film Association in March 2020.

Texas Window Tinting Laws

Window tinting for passenger and multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) is applied for various purposes such as sun protection, medical conditions, and legal issues.

To understand how the car window is tinted, you must understand Visible Light Transmission or VLT. It is the percentage of light 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 lower amount of light will do so.

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

Tint Darkness for Sedans

We provide the tint darkness laws for sedans in Texas.

Windshield: Minimum 25% VLT tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of the windshield or five inches from the top of the windshield if the AS-1 line is not present. The AS-1 line extends from the letters AS-1, found on most vehicle windshields, running parallel to the top of the windshield.
Front Side Windows: Minimum 25% of the outside light must be allowed inside. In other words, the windows are allowed up to 25% VLT or tint darkness.
Rear Windows: If side mirrors are used on the vehicle, any tint darkness may be applied. In the absence of side mirrors, minimum 25% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
Back Side Windows: Any tint darkness can be used for these windows.

Tint Darkness for SUVs and vans

We provide the tint darkness laws for SUVs and vans in Texas.

Windshield: Minimum 25% VLT tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of the windshield or five inches from the top of the windshield if the AS-1 line is not present.
Front Side Windows: Minimum 25% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
Rear Windows: If side mirrors are present on the vehicle, any tint darkness can be used. In the absence of side mirrors, minimum 25% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
Back Side Windows: Any tint darkness can be applied on these windows.

Windows Tint Reflection Laws in Texas

Some states permit the usage of a reflective window tint for your car. It reflects the environmental light on the window, reducing the glare and heat inside the vehicle.

Tint Reflections for Sedans

We provide are the tint reflection laws for sedans in Texas.

  • Front Side Windows: The window tints must not go beyond 20% reflectiveness.
  • Back Side Windows: The window tints must not go beyond 20% reflectiveness.

Tint Reflections for SUVs and vans

We provide the tint reflection laws for SUVs and vans in Texas.

  • Front Side Windows: The window tints must not go beyond 25% reflectiveness.
  • Back Side Windows: The window tints must not go beyond 25% reflectiveness.

Other Window Tint Rules in Texas

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

  • Side mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required for the vehicle if the rear windows are tinted.
  • Certificates: Certification of the tinted film by manufacturers is the mandate in Texas. Please contact your tint dealer to check if they use certified film.
  • Stickers: In Texas, a sticker to identify certified tinting must be between the tint film and the glass.
  • Medical Exceptions: Texas provides medical exemptions for special tints. Please see Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws.

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in Texas

You can customize your car’s windows with a colored tint. However, some states restrict the colors that can be used.

The state of Texas restricts the colors RED, BLUE, and AMBER as tints. Other colors are allowed.

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in Texas

If you have a medical condition, you may apply for an exemption and apply a special tint. The medical condition must require the driver or passenger to be protected from the sun’s direct rays while driving.

Motorists in Texas must obtain a signed medical exemption statement from a licensed physician or licensed optometrist, which should provide a professional opinion that the sunscreening tint that is lower than 25% VLT is required to safeguard the health of the driver or occupant of the vehicle.

The signed medical statement must be always in the vehicle and must be presented to an officer at a traffic stop.

The Texas Department of Public Safety does not require the drivers to apply separately for certification for a special tint since January 2019.

Penalty for Breaking Texas Window Tinting Laws

Failure to comply with the above laws will result in you getting a fine.

The first time would be a warning and a fine from $20-25. On inaction, the second window tint ticket, your ticket fine, including court costs, could be up to $275.

Summary

These were the guidelines for window tints in the state of Texas.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment down below or email us. While we keep our articles up to date, we encourage you to stay updated with the latest laws by contacting your state department of transportation.

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