Texas 2017 Window Tint Laws

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

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

Tint darkness for sedans:

  • Windshield: 25% reflective tint with more than 25% light transmission is allowed only above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Any darkness can be used.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

  • Windshield: 25% reflective tint with more than 25% light transmission is allowed only above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 25% 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 Texas?

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 Texas.

Tint reflection for sedans:

  • Front Side windows: Must not be more than 25% reflective.
  • Back Side windows: Must not be more than 25% reflective.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: Must not be more than 25% reflective.
  • Back Side windows: Must not be more than 25% reflective.

Other Texas tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: If the back window is tinted dual side mirrors are required.
  • Restricted Colors: Tint colors red, blue and amber are not permitted for use by Texas tint laws.
  • Certificate Requirements: Film manufacturers need to certify the film they sell in the state. Check with 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: Texas allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult Texas 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 Texas window tinting law, rules and regulations.