Massachusetts 2020 Window Tint Laws

Our Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts Tint Laws
Front Windshield Top 6 inches
Front Side Windows 35%
Back Side Windows 35%
Rear Windshield 35%

How dark can your window tint be in Massachusetts?

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

Tint darkness for passenger vehicles:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield (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: Must allow more than 35% 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 6 inches of the windshield (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: Must allow more than 35% 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 Massachusetts?

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 Massachusetts.

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 Massachusetts tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: In Massachusetts no specific auto tint colors are prohibited from use.
  • Certificate Requirements: Manufacturers of film are not required to certify the film they sell in the state.
  • Sticker Requirements: State law recommends but does not require stickers to identify legal tinting.
  • Medical Exemption: Massachusetts does permit 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 interpreted differently by your local law authorities. Get in touch with your county DMV or police department to make sure you are not breaking Massachusetts window tinting laws, rules and regulations.