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Tennessee Tint Laws

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Tennessee Tint Laws

Tennessee tint laws were first passed in the year 1990. In the time between that year and the present, many new types of window tints for vehicles have been developed. Back then, 30-plus years ago, when most people thought of car window tint it was of lower quality tint that often turned purple with age as dyes broke down and would tend to bubble, peel, and crack over time.

Today the best window tint for cars will last for as long as the vehicle itself. Nanoceramic window tints are made using sheets of highly durable polyester that are infused with tens of thousands of microscopic bits of ceramic materials that can reject UV and IR solar energy while still allowing in visible light and without any signal interference as you can get with metal-based tints. Ceramic window tint was developed for the aerospace industry and is now available commercially for vehicles of all types.

To make sure that the latest and best window tint for cars still follows Tennessee tint laws passed many years back, you need to know the visible light transmission (VLT) rating of the window tint you are considering for your vehicle (or that is already applied to a car you want to register in Tennessee) and you need to know the specifics of Tennessee car tint laws to be sure you are in compliance, because in Tennessee window tint violations can lead to tickets costing over $200, so after just a couple citations you may pay more in window tint tickets costs than you did for the window tint installation in the first place.

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laws for suvs, trucks, & vans

Tint Laws for Trucks, SUVs. and Vans

Front Windows

All Vehicles

35% 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 Visor

ALL VEHICLE TYPES

Any shade of tint can be used from the AS1 Line up. This is the line extending from the letters AS-1, found on most motor vehicle windshields, running parallel to the top of the windshield.

laws for sedans & coupes

Tint laws in the United States for Sedans & Coupes

Front Windows

ALL VEHICLE TYPES

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

35% Tint (VLT%)

Rear Passenger Windows

for Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

35% Tint (VLT%)

Rear Window

for Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

35% Tint (VLT%)

Windshield Visor

ALL VEHICLE TYPES

Any shade of tint can be used from the AS1 Line up. This is the line extending from the letters AS-1, found on most motor vehicle windshields, running parallel to the top of the windshield.

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.

Tennessee Code section 55-9-107: Motor vehicle windows with tinting, reflecting, or sun screen material.

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.