New Mexico 2017 Window Tint Laws

Car window tint laws in New Mexico were enacted in 1997. These New Mexico 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 New Mexico?

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

Tint darkness for sedans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint above the manufacturer's AS-1 line is allowed.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 20% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 20% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 20% of light in.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint above the manufacturer's AS-1 line is allowed.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 20% 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 New Mexico?

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 New Mexico.

Tint reflection for sedans:

  • Front Side windows: No reference to reflectivity in the current law.
  • Back Side windows: No reference to reflectivity in the current law.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: No reference to reflectivity in the current law.
  • Back Side windows: No reference to reflectivity in the current law.

Other New Mexico tinting rules and regulations:

Other laws, rules and regulations in New Mexico include the following:

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: No colors of tint are explicitly banned.
  • 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 the driver’s side window.
  • Medical Exemption: New Mexico allows 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 New Mexico window tinting law, rules and regulations.