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Texas TInt Laws

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United States Window Tint Laws

Texas Tint Laws

Texas tint laws were passed quite recently compared to car tint laws in most states, having been put on the books only in the year 2009. While rules governing the darkness of window tint and which car windows can be tinted have not changed much since 2009, Texas window tint laws are very specific.

The primary factor that dictates if car tint is legal or not in Texas is its VLT%, or visible light transmission percentage, which is shortened to VLT. VLT percent ratings concern how much visible light can pass through window tint, and the more light that passes, the clearer the window tint and the higher the number. So a tint rated at 99% VLT is almost completely clear, while a with at 1% VLT looks completely dark from outside the car.

The rules for window tint in Texas are not different for different types of vehicles, which is unusual; most states have different rules for cars as for MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles like trucks and vans and SUVs).

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laws for suvs, trucks, & vans

Tint Laws for Trucks, SUVs. and Vans

Front Windows

All Vehicles

25% 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 AS-1 Line or 5" 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

25% Tint (VLT%)

Rear Passenger Windows

for Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

25% Tint (VLT%)

Rear Window

for Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

Any % of Tint can be used on the rear window

Windshield Visor

ALL VEHICLE TYPES

Any shade of tint can be used from the AS-1 Line or 5" 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.

 

Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 1, Chapter 21, Rule §21.3: Standards for Sunscreening and Privacy Window Devices

Window Tinting Standards (Texas Department of Public Safety)

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.