Minnesota 2020 Window Tint Laws

Our Minnesota 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.

Minnesota Tint Laws
Sedan SUV
Front Windshield None allowed None allowed
Front Side Windows 50% 50%
Back Side Windows 50% No restrictions
Rear Windshield 50% No restrictions

How dark can your window tint be in Minnesota?

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

Tint darkness for passenger vehicles:

  • Windshield: No tint is allowed on the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 50% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 50% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 50% of light in.

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

Tint darkness for multi-purpose vehicles:

  • Windshield: No tint is allowed on the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 50% 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 Minnesota?

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 Minnesota.

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 Minnesota tinting rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: There are no restrictions on side mirrors in Minnesota.
  • Restricted Colors: No colors of tint are explicitly restricted from use.
  • Certificate Requirements: Manufacturers do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.
  • Sticker Requirements: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on the driver’s side window.
  • Medical Exemption: Minnesota 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 interpreted differently by your local law authorities. Get in touch with your county DMV or police department to make sure you are not breaking Minnesota window tinting laws, rules and regulations.