Virginia Window Tint Laws Today

In Brief: Virginia Window Tint Laws

In Virginia, for sedans, SUVs, and vans, on the windshield, non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of 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, these windows can have any tint darkness. The state provides medical exemptions. For more details, please see the article below.

When it comes to protecting your car from overheating and yourself from excess glare due to incoming sun rays in vehicles, window tinting is the solution. The coated tint helps in the reduction of external lights entering the vehicle.

The motor vehicle window tinting laws were passed in Virginia in 1999.[1] The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles regulates the laws.

This article provides and explains the window tint laws for cars in Virginia (VA).

This article’s information is based on the latest news and under the regulations provided by the authorities at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the International Window Film Association in March 2020.

Virginia Window Tinting Laws

Window tinting for your passenger and multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) is provided for various purposes other than protection from the sun, including the driver and the passengers’ privacy, medical and legal conditions.

The Visible Light Transmission or VLT determines the level of tinting of your car window. It is the percentage of light that a window tint film permits to pass through your car windows.

A higher VLT allows more light to pass through the window, while a lower VLT allows a lower amount of light.

The percentage of light permitted through your film and glass in Virginia is specific and varied for your car, be it a passenger vehicle or a multipurpose vehicle.

Tint Darkness for Sedans

The following are the tint darkness laws for sedans in Virginia.

Windshield: Non-reflective tint is permitted above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of the windshield. The AS-1 line extends from the letters AS-1 seen on most vehicle windshields, running parallel to the top of the windshield.
Front Side Windows: Minimum 50% of the outside light must be allowed inside the vehicle. Alternatively, the windows are allowed up to 50% 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

The following are the tint darkness laws for SUVs and vans in Virginia.

Windshield: A non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of the windshield.
Front Side Windows: Minimum 50% of the outside light must be allowed inside the vehicle.
Rear Windows: Any tint darkness can be used for these windows.
Back Side Windows: Any tint darkness can be used for these windows.

Windows Tint Reflection Laws in Virginia

You may go for a reflective window tint for your car, which is permitted in some states. It reflects the environmental light on the window, reducing the glare and heat inside the vehicle.

Tint Reflections for Sedans

Given are the tint reflection laws for sedans in Virginia.

  • Front Side Windows: These window tints must not cross 20% reflectiveness.
  • Back Side Windows: These window tints must not cross 20% reflectiveness.

Tint Reflections for SUVs and vans

Given are the tint reflection laws for SUVs and vans in Virginia.

  • Front Side Windows: These window tints must not cross 20% reflectiveness.
  • Back Side Windows: These window tints must not cross 20% reflectiveness.

Other Window Tint Rules in Virginia

There are some additional rules to be noted for cars regarding the manufacturer certificate, sticker to identify legal exceptions, medical exemptions, and so on.

Side mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required for the vehicle if a window is tinted.
Certificates: Certification of the tinted film by manufacturers is not obligatory in Virginia.
Stickers: In Virginia, stickers or labels to identify certified tinting are required, but their location is unspecified.
Tint Variance: Up to 7% of tint variance is allowed.
Medical Exceptions: Virginia provides medical exemptions for special tints. Please see Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws.

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in Virginia

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

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

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in Virginia

Exemptions for special window tints are allowed for medical reasons in many states. They are provided to citizens with medical conditions where they need to be protected from the direct rays of the sun while driving.

The state of Virginia provides an exemption for the driver or a regular passenger of the vehicle who has medical conditions that render the person susceptible to harm or injury from exposure to sunlight or bright artificial light. Special tinting is restricted to the windshield and the front side windows.

The windshield is allowed up to 35% VLT up to the top five (05) inches or the AS-1 line. Alternatively, the entire windshield can have up to 70% VLT. The front, back, and rear windows are allowed up to 35% VLT.

To apply for medical authorization, the person affected with the medical condition must provide a completed Sun-Shading Medical Authorization Application (MED-20) to this address – Data Integrity, Post Office Box 27412, Richmond, Virginia 23269-0001.

The application must contain the vehicle information and a statement from a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, ophthalmologist, or optometrist certifying that the tinting is necessary for the individual’s health.

A written authorization allotted by the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles certifying the exemption should be present in the vehicle at all times. The form indicates a notation is made on the vehicle’s registration form.

The exemption must be renewed when the medical condition no longer requires sunscreening or the vehicle is sold, whichever situation arises first.

Penalty for Breaking Virginia Window Tinting Laws

Failure to comply with the above laws will lead to the citizen being guilty of Class 3 misdemeanor for first offense and Class 2 misdemeanor for subsequent offenses.

Summary

We hope you found the provided guidelines for window tint films in vehicles to be followed in the state of Virginia useful.

If you would like to provide any questions or comments, feel free to comment down below or email us. While we constantly update our articles, you must stay up to date with the latest laws by contacting your state department of transportation.

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