Window Tint LawsWant to know the Missouri window tint law or the Kansas window tint laws?  These laws are more lenient in some states than others. These laws are there to prevent people from tinting their windows too dark and causing an obstruction of the drivers view, but more importantly, they are designed to protect law enforcement officers. Tinting your car's windows is not anything new, but it is one of the most inexpensive ways to “pimp your ride.”

 

Knowing the window tint laws in your area can save you from getting an expensive ticket or even worse. If you are pulled over and your windows are too dark, the officer can make you remove the tint right on the side of the road. Then you're out the cash replacing your tint with the legal limit, or worse, going back to no tint with tons of glare, faded interiors and all the other reasons you installed tint in the first place. The most commonly known law about window tinting has got to be the one that regulates just how dark you are allowed to tint your windows. This is measured by (Visible Light Transmission) or VLT. This is the percentage of light is allowed to pass through the film that is installed on the windows, creating the dark color.

 

Although they are quite similar, the window tint laws vary from state to state. Window tint laws are pretty much the same in Kansas and Missouri. For instance, Missouri, as well as Kansas, allow any color of tint and require outside mirrors if there is tint on your back windows. Both states also allow a maximum VLT of only 35% on the front side windows (front seat windows), but allow you to tint any windows behind the driver as dark as you want. The laws state that you can only tint the top four inches of your windshield which is also referred to as the manufacturers AS-1 or approved safety line. Manufacturers of the window tinting film are not required by law to certify that the tint film that they are producing meets the legal safety requirements. These states do not currently require a sticker to verify that your window tint is legal. You are also allowed to tint your windows with colored window tinting film (which requires a complicated process of dying the tinting film before applying it to your windows) that will turn the filtered light that is coming through the film to whatever color that the film is colored.

 

If you have a medical condition that requires you to tint your vehicles windows beyond the 35 percent that these states allow, in Missouri you can acquire a permit that will allow you to have this tint applied legally. To obtain this permit you must have a prescription from your doctor that states your medical condition and the reason for your need for this tint. Once you have this prescription you need to take it to your local highway patrol headquarters, where they will issue a permit and sticker for this tint. You will be required by window tint laws to apply the stickers on the front and rear windshields or bumper and keep the permit in the vehicle at all times. With this permit any licensed driver in your immediate family is able to drive that vehicle. Kansas however, does not have these medical exemptions. Unlike the state law in Missouri, Kansas doesn't require you to have a safety inspection. Although it is not required, unlike the Missouri laws, Kansas doesn't allow drivers to apply metallic or mirrored window tint. Red or amber tint is prohibited by Kansas law as well.

 

Here’s the current limits as of the time this article was written.  Check with your local authorities prior to purchasing window tint film to make sure your vehicle will be legal.


STATE

FRONT SIDES

REAR SIDES

BACK WINDOW

VISOR

AL

32%

32%

32%

6

AK

70%

40%

40%

5

AZ

33%

ANY%

ANY%

AS1

AR

25%

25%

10%

5

CA

70%

ANY%

ANY%

4

CO*

27%

27%

27%

4

CO*

NO%

ANY%

ANY%

4

CT

35%

35%

ANY%

AS1

DE

70%

ANY%

ANY%

AS1

FL

28%

15%

15%

AS1

GA

32%

32%

32%

6

HI

35%

35%

35%

4

ID

35%

20%

35%

AS1

IL

NO

ANY%

ANY%

6

IN

30%

30%

30%

AS1

IA

70%

ANY%

ANY%

AS1

KS

35%

35%

35%

AS1

KY

35%

18%

18%

AS1

LA

40%

25%

12%

AS1

MA

35%

35%

35%

6

ME

50%

50%

50%

4

MD

35%

35%

35%

5

MI

?

ANY%

ANY%

4

MN

50%

50%

50%

NO

MO

35%

ANY%

ANY%

AS1

MS

35%

35%

35%

AS1

MT

35%

20%

20%

AS1

NE

35%

20%

20%

AS1 OR 5

NV

35%

ANY%

ANY%

AS1

NH

NO

35%

35%

6

NJ

NO

ANY%

ANY%

NO

NM

20%

20%

20%

AS1 OR 5

NY

70%

70%

ANY%

6

NC

35%

35%

35%

AS1

ND

50%

ANY%

ANY%

70%

OH

50%

ANY%

ANY%

70%

OK

25%

25%

25%

AS1 OR 5

OR

35%

35%

35%

6

PA

70%

70%

70%

NO

RI

70%

70%

70%

AS1

SC

27%

27%

27%

AS1

SD

35%

20%

20%

AS1

TN

35%

35%

35%

AS1

TX

25%

25%

ANY%

AS1 OR 5

UT

43%

ANY%

ANY%

AS1

VT

NO

ANY%

ANY%

AS1

VA

50%

35%

35%

AS1

WA

35%

35%

35%

6

WV

35%

35%

35%

5

WI

50%

35%

35%

AS1

WY

28%

28%

28%

AS1 OR 5

 

By: Chris Ripper