Louisiana 2020 Window Tint Laws

Our Louisiana 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.

Louisiana Tint Laws
Sedan SUV
Front Windshield AS-1 line AS-1 line
Front Side Windows 40% 40%
Back Side Windows 25% No restrictions
Rear Windshield 12% No restrictions

How dark can your window tint be in Louisiana?

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

Tint darkness for passenger vehicles:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on top 5 inches or above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 40% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 12% 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 top 5 inches or above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 40% 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 Louisiana?

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 Louisiana.

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 Louisiana tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: No restrictions.
  • Restricted Colors: No colors of tint are explicitly banned in Louisiana.
  • Certificate Requirements: Manufacturers of film must certify the film they sell in the state. Ask your dealer if they are using certified film.
  • Sticker Requirements: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film and glass on the driver’s side window.
  • Medical Exemption: Louisiana law does NOT allow any 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 Louisiana window tinting laws, rules and regulations.