Colorado 2020 Window Tint Laws

Our Colorado window tint laws are valid for 2020. These laws regulate how dark and reflective your car tint may be, but also specify other rules and regulations you need to know about.

Colorado Tint Laws
Front Windshield Top 4 inches
Front Side Windows 27%
Back Side Windows 27%
Rear Windshield 27%

How dark can your window tint be in Colorado?

Window tint darkness is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Colorado this refers to the percent of visible light allowed in through both the film and the glass.

See: VLT Chart for darkness examples

Here's exactly how much VLT is allowed on your auto window tint in Colorado (CO), categorized by passenger and multi-purpose vehicles.

Tint darkness for passenger vehicles:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 27% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 27% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 27% of light in.

Passenger vehicles include sedan, coupe, convertible, station wagon, hardtop and hatchback vehicles.

Tint darkness for multi-purpose vehicles:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 27% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 27% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 27% of light in.

Multi-purpose vehicles include SUV, pickups, vans, RVs, and minibuses.

Federal vehicle ID label on driver's front door frame will tell you whether your vehicle is passenger or multi purpose vehicle.

How reflective can your window tint be in Colorado?

Tinting film may contain metallic elements which help in reflecting incoming light. This reduces glare and heat generated by visible light. Below you can find out how much reflection is permitted on your car window tint film by law in Colorado.

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 Colorado tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: The tint color(s) of RED and AMBER are not legal by state law.
  • Certificate Requirements: Film manufacturers don't need to certify the film they sell in Colorado.
  • Sticker Requirements: State law recommends but does not require stickers to identify legal tinting.
  • Medical Exemption: Colorado law does NOT allow medical exemptions that would allow you use special tint.

Remember that state tint laws may be interpreted differently by your local law authorities. Get in touch with your county DMV or police department to make sure you are not breaking Colorado window tinting laws, rules and regulations.