Connecticut 2020 Window Tint Laws

Our Connecticut 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.

Connecticut Tint Laws
Sedan SUV
Front Windshield AS-1 Line AS-1 Line
Front Side Windows 35% 32%
Back Side Windows 35% No restrictions
Rear Windshield No restrictions No restrictions

How dark can your window tint be in Connecticut?

Window tint darkness is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Connecticut 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 Connecticut (CT), categorized by passenger and multi-purpose vehicles.

Tint darkness for passenger vehicles:

  • 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: Any darkness can be used.

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

Tint darkness for multi-purpose vehicles:

  • 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.

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 Connecticut?

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 Connecticut.

Tint reflection for sedans:

  • Front Side windows: Must not be more than 21% reflective.
  • Back Side windows: Must not be more than 27% reflective.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: Must not be more than 21% reflective.
  • Back Side windows: Must not be more than 27% reflective.

Other Connecticut tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required if the rear window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: No window tint colors are explicitly prohibited.
  • Certificate Requirements: Film manufacturers need to certify the film they sell in Connecticut. Check with your dealer to make sure they are using certified film.
  • Sticker Requirements: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on each tinted window.
  • Medical Exemption: Connecticut 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 Connecticut window tinting laws, rules and regulations.