Washington 2017 Window Tint Laws

Car window tint laws in Washington were enacted in 2011. These Washington 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 Washington?

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

Tint darkness for sedans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 24% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 24% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 24% of light in.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 24% 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 Washington?

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 Washington.

Tint reflection for sedans:

  • Front Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.
  • Back Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.
  • Back Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.

Other Washington tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required in this state if back window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: Yellow, red and amber window tints are not allowed by Washington law.
  • Certificate Requirements: Film manufacturers need to certify the film they sell in the state of Washington. 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: Washington 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 Washington window tinting law, rules and regulations.