Maryland 2017 Window Tint Laws

Car window tint laws in Maryland were enacted in 1995. These Maryland 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 Maryland?

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

Tint darkness for sedans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 5 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 5 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 Maryland?

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 Maryland.

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 Maryland tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: If the back window is tinted dual side mirrors are required.
  • Restricted Colors: Tint colors RED and AMBER are not legal by Maryland law.
  • Certificate Requirements: Manufacturers of film need to certify the film they sell in the state. Ask your dealer if they are using certified film.
  • Sticker Requirements: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on each tinted window.
  • Medical Exemption: Maryland 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 Maryland window tinting law, rules and regulations.