North Carolina 2014 Car Tinting Laws

Car window tint laws in North Carolina were enacted in 2001. Below you can find information on how dark and reflective the car window tint can be in state of North Carolina, as well as other rules and regulations you need to know about.

How dark can your window tint be in North Carolina?

Window tint darkness is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In North Carolina 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 North Carolina, 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 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 above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • 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 North Carolina?

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 North Carolina.

Tint reflection for sedans:

  • Front Side windows: Must not be more than 20% reflective.
  • Back Side windows: Must not be more than 20% reflective.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: Must not be more than 20% reflective.
  • Back Side windows: Must not be more than 20% reflective.

Other North Carolina tinting rules and regulations:

Other laws, rules and regulations in North Carolina include the following:

  • Side Mirrors: If the back window is tinted dual side mirrors are required.
  • Restricted Colors: RED, AMBER and YELLOW colors are not permitted.
  • 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.
  • Medical Exemption: North Carolina 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 2014 North Carolina window tinting law, rules and regulations.