California Window Tinting Law Enacted: 1999
We have made every effort to provide you with accurate and up to date information regarding California window tinting laws. Please refer to you local authority for current California window tint law enforcement policies, including rules and regulations, as the final authority on California window tint law in your area.
CALIFORNIA WINDOW TINT LAW ALLOWS THE FOLLOWING DARKNESS FOR CAR WINDOW TINTING
The darkness of tint is measured by (VLT%) Visible Light Transmission percentage. In California window tint law, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed to pass through the combination of film and the factory tint of the window.
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|Windshield||Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield.|
|Front Side Windows||Must allow more than a total of 70% light in.|
|Back Side Windows||Any VLT can be applied legally on this window. *(MPVs allow any light transmission)|
|Rear Window||Any VLT can be applied legally on this window. *(MPVs allow any light transmission)|
HOW REFLECTIVE CAN THE TINT BE ON AUTO WINDOWS ACCORDING TO CALIFORNIA WINDOW TINT LAW?
Tinting film can contain metallic elements (silver mirror look) that help to reflect incoming light and reject the glare and heat generated by visible light.
|Front Side Windows||Must not increase reflectivity.|
|Back Side Windows||Must not increase reflectivity.|
OTHER CALIFORNIA RULES AND REGULATIONS
|Restricted Colors||The tint colors of Red, Amber, and Blue are not allowed by state law.|
|Side Mirrors||Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.|
|Certificate Requirements||Manufacturers of film do need to certify the film they sell in the state and the driver is required to have the certificate in his/her possession.|
|Sticker Requirements||State law does require a certificate or a sticker from the installing company and the manufacturer's name and address.|
|Medical Exemption||California law does NOT allow any medical exemptions that would allow you use special tint.|
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