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Car window tinting laws in Texas were enacted in 2009. We have provided all the necessary information about your car’s window tint, including how dark or reflective the tint is allowed in your state. There are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in Texas so make sure you read all about it below.

Window tint darkness in Texas

The percent of visible light allowed through your car windows is called VLT: Visible Light Transmission. The percentage of light allowed through your film and glass in Texas is very specific and different for sedan cars and SUV cars or vans.

Tint darkness for sedans:

Windshield: 25% VLT tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line or top 5 inches, with less than 25% reflection.
Front Side windows: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
Rear Window: Any darkness can be used with side outside mirrors, 25% VLT without.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

Windshield: 25% VLT tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line or top 5 inches, with less than 25% reflection.
Front Side windows: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
Rear Window: Any darkness can be used with side outside mirrors, 25% VLT without.

Window tint reflection in Texas Window tint can reflect incoming light and reduce glare and heat. Texas window tint law permits a certain window reflection when using a tint so make sure you pay attention to this as well.

Tint reflection for sedans:
Front Side windows: Must not be more than 25% reflective.
Back Side windows: Must not be more than 25% reflective.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:
Front Side windows: Must not be more than 25% reflective.
Back Side windows: Must not be more than 25% reflective.

Other Texas window tint rules and regulations:
Texas does have several other important laws, rules and regulations pertaining to window tinting. They include the following:

Side Mirrors: If rear window is tinted dual side mirrors are required.
Restricted Colors: Tint colors red, blue and amber are not permitted for use on windshields by Texas tint laws.
Certificates: Film manufacturers need to certify the film they sell in the state. Check with your dealer if they are using certified film.
Stickers: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on the driver’s side window.
Medical Exceptions: Texas allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult Texas tint laws.

Keep in mind that Texas tinting laws and regulations may be interpreted differently in your county or place of residence. We always recommend double-checking our information with your local DMV or law enforcement authorities.

 

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