Illinois 2017 Window Tint Laws

Car window tint laws in Illinois were enacted in 2009. These Illinois 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 Illinois?

Window tint darkness is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Illinois 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 Illinois (IL), categorized by sedans and SUVs and vans.

Tint darkness for sedans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.
  • 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 6 inches of the windshield.
  • 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 Illinois?

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 Illinois.

Tint reflection for sedans:

  • Front Side windows: Must be non reflective, state law is not specific about what this means.
  • Back Side windows: Must be non reflective, state law is not specific about what this means.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: Must be non reflective, state law is not specific about what this means.
  • Back Side windows: Must be non reflective, state law is not specific about what this means.

Other Illinois tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: No colors of tint are explicitly banned by Illinois tint laws.
  • Certificate Requirements: Manufacturers of film do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.
  • Sticker Requirements: No sticker to identify legal tinting is required.
  • Medical Exemption: Illinois does allow medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
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 Illinois window tinting law, rules and regulations.