Iowa 2014 Car Tinting Laws

Car window tint laws in Iowa were enacted in 1983. Below you can find information on how dark and reflective the car window tint can be in state of Iowa, as well as other rules and regulations you need to know about.

How dark can your window tint be in Iowa?

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

Tint darkness for sedans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 70% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
  • Rear Window: Any darkness can be used.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 70% 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 Iowa?

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 Iowa.

Tint reflection for sedans:

  • Front Side windows: Not excessive reflectiveness, law is not specific.
  • Back Side windows: Not excessive reflectiveness, law is not specific.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: Not excessive reflectiveness, law is not specific.
  • Back Side windows: Not excessive reflectiveness, law is not specific.

Other Iowa tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: No restrictions on side mirrors in Iowa.
  • Restricted Colors: No colors of tint are explicitly prohibited from use.
  • Certificate Requirements: Manufacturers of film are not required to certify the film they sell in the state.
  • Sticker Requirements: No sticker to identify legal tinting is required.
  • Medical Exemption: Iowa doesn't permit darker window tinting due to medical exemptions since July 2012.
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 2014 Iowa window tinting law, rules and regulations.