In California, the state’s vehicle code governs the laws regarding window tinting on vehicles. Here is an overview of the rules and regulations so that you know what to expect when working with a professional installation team.
Rules About Windshield Tint
The windshield must allow at least 70% of outside light to pass through. However, a darker tint may be applied to the top four inches of the windshield or the AS-1 line, which is the manufacturer's marking on the glass.
Rules for Front Side Windows
The front side windows must allow at least 70 VLT, representing 70% of the outside light, to pass through. This requirement means a maximum of 30% tint is permitted on the front side windows.
Back Side and Rear Windows
The back side windows and rear window can be tinted to any darkness level in California, although specific restrictions might exist when traveling to different communities outside the Newark area.
It is important to note that the rules for window tinting on vehicles in California apply to all passenger vehicles, including cars, trucks, and SUVs. Violating these rules can result in a traffic citation and a fine. Special exemptions might apply in specific circumstances, but this information must be passed along to your installer during the consultation or estimate.
It is also important to ensure that the tinting film used complies with California law and bears the manufacturer's certification label.