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Hawaii Tint Laws

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Hawaii Tint Laws

Hawaii tint laws were first implemented quite a while back in 1989, and they have been updated several times as tinting technology and applications have advanced. Hawaii tint laws are overall clear cut and easier to understand than the rules governing window tint in many states, but there are different rules for different vehicle types, and different rules for different windows, so it’s a good idea to check periodically to make sure your tint is inside the law. To do that, you need to understand one concept fully: visible light transmission ratings, which are usually abbreviated to VLT.

Adding window tint film to the windshield and windows of a vehicle is a must have aftermarket upgrade. Window tinting for cars blocks damaging ultraviolet light rays and protects the inside of the car from fading and cracking and tint can reduce interior heat, making a car more comfortable and fuel efficient. And what with all the sunshine in Hawaii, car window tint is all the more important. Window tinting also adds privacy and style to a vehicle that’s a great addition no matter where you live.

The higher the VLT rating the clearer window, and the lower the rating means the darker tinting. A fully clear glass window would have a 100% VLT rating, while a fully opaque window a 0%. In between you have tints that offer varying levels of privacy. But you don’t need privacy tint to block hot and damaging sun rays. Even much almost clear window films can block 99% of the sun’s damaging UV light plenty of hot infrared light, so if you don’t want the dark look of window tint but you do want its sun blocking benefits, you’re in luck.

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suvs, trucks, & vans

Tint Laws for Trucks, SUVs. and Vans

Front Windows

All Vehicles

32% Tint (VLT%)

Rear Passenger Windows

Includes rear window and rear passenger

Any shade of tint can be used for trucks, SUVs, and vans ONLY

Rear Window

Includes rear window and rear passenger windows

Any shade of tint can be used for trucks, SUVs, and vans ONLY

Windshield

ALL VEHICLE TYPES

The windshield can be tinted 70%

sedans & coupes

Tint laws in the United States for Sedans & Coupes

Front Windows

ALL VEHICLE TYPES

Includes Trucks, SUVs, Vans, Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

32% Tint (VLT%)

Rear Passenger Windows

for Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

35% Tint (VLT%)

Rear Window

for Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

35% Tint (VLT%)

Windshield

ALL VEHICLE TYPES

The windshield can be tinted 70%

Car with no tintWindow with Tint

% of Tint or Visible light transmission (VLT) is the measurement used to assess the amount of light passing through a piece of glass. This is the percent of visible light that passes through the film and glass to give you a net transmission percentage. The lower the VLT%, the darker the window.

Law Enforcement uses a tint meter which measures the Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) of window film and glass for illegal tint. 

Windshield: Several states allow medical exemptions for drivers or passengers who frequently travel in the vehicle. These exemptions usually require a licensed physician in that state to sign a waiver. Please visit your states .gov site for details. 

AS-1 Line: This is the line extending from the letters AS-1, found on most motor vehicle windshields, running parallel to the top of the windshield.

U.S. Exemption For VLT

Click above to download the Nationwide Medical Exemptions Window Tinting Directory.

If you’re driving a truck or SUV built in the last decade, chances are it’s equipped with factory tinted glass on all windows behind the front doors.

Many owners of vehicles like this often choose to only have the front windows tinted to match the back because they believe that they are already set with the rear windows.

UV Protection

While this factory tint improves the looks of the vehicle, and offers rear passengers some privacy, it does very little to help reduce the heat entering through the glass or protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays. 

Heat Rejection

The same also goes for heat rejection. Some assume that the level of heat rejection they will on the front glass is already present in the rear glass because of the factory tint. Nothing can be further from the truth. Other than having the tinted look, these windows do very little to stop the heat.

To find out what options you have to protecting your passengers and vehicles interior, click here.