Hawaii

Car window tint laws in Hawaii were enacted in 1989. Below you can find information on how dark and reflective the car window tint can be in state of Hawaii, as well as other rules and regulations you need to know about.

How dark can your window tint be in Hawaii?

Window tint darkness is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Hawaii 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 Hawaii, 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, or AS-1 mark if exists, up to 70%.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 35% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 35% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 35% of light in.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield or AS-1 mark if exists, up to 70%.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 35% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
  • Rear Window: Any darkness can be used.

How reflective can your window tint be in Hawaii?

Similar to lenses on your sunglasses tinting film may contain metallic elements which help in reflecting incoming light, and reducing the 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 Hawaii.

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 Hawaii tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: No specified colors of tint are banned.
  • Certificate Requirements: Film manufacturers are not required to certify the film they sell in this state.
  • Sticker Requirements: No sticker to identify legal tinting is required by Hawaii law.
  • Medical Exemption: Hawaii 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 Hawaii window tinting law, rules and regulations.