Every state has its own laws about car window tinting. The good news is that states respect each other’s traffic laws when it comes to tinting. Thus, if you drive your car out of state, you don’t have to worry about your tint violating another state’s laws. They will see your license plate is from out of state and will not hold you to their state’s code.
There is a lot of misinformation out there about California’s car window tinting laws, so let’s address a few myths.
- Myth: You can’t tint your front windshield – You can only use non-reflective window tint on your front windshield, and it is only allowed to cover the uppermost four inches of the windshield. At least, you can protect your eyes from sun gale.
- Myth: You can’t apply tint to the front side windows – This is also not true. You just can’t go very dark. The tint has to allow 88% of light to pass through. However, you can still get a lot of benefits from blocking UV rays.
- Myth: Tint rules apply to the whole car – Actually, the rear windshield and rear passenger windows can be tinted to any darkness, so your passengers can have complete privacy (a nice add-on for a rideshare driver). Just be sure not to use an amber, blue, or red tint. Those colors are not allowed.