Colorado 2017 Window Tint Laws

Car window tint laws in Colorado were enacted in 1995. These Colorado window tint laws are valid for 2017, and regulate how dark and reflective your car tint may be, but also specify other rules and regulations you need to know about.

How dark can your window tint be in Colorado?

Window tint darkness is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Colorado this refers to the percent of visible light allowed in through both the film and the glass. You can find out exactly how much VLT is allowed on your auto window tint in Colorado (CO), categorized by sedans and SUVs and vans.

Tint darkness for sedans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 27% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 27% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 27% of light in.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 27% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 27% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 27% of light in.

How reflective can your window tint be in Colorado?

Similar to lenses on your sunglasses, tinting film may contain metallic elements which help in reflecting incoming light, thus reducing glare and heat generated by visible light. Below you can find out how much reflection is permitted on your car window tint by law in Colorado.

Tint reflection for sedans:

  • Front Side windows: No metallic or mirrored appearance.
  • Back Side windows: No metallic or mirrored appearance.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: No metallic or mirrored appearance.
  • Back Side windows: No metallic or mirrored appearance.

Other Colorado tinting rules and regulations:

Other laws, rules and regulations in Colorado include the following:

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: The tint color(s) of RED and AMBER are not legal by state law.
  • Certificate Requirements: Film manufacturers don't need to certify the film they sell in Colorado.
  • Sticker Requirements: State law recommends but does not require stickers to identify legal tinting.
  • Medical Exemption: Colorado law does NOT allow medical exemptions that would allow you use special tint.
Remember that state tint laws may be differently interpreted by your local law authorities and we always recommend to check with them as well to make sure you are within 2017 Colorado window tinting law, rules and regulations.