South Carolina 2020 Window Tint Laws

Our South Carolina 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.

South Carolina Tint Laws
Sedan SUV
Front Windshield AS-1 line AS-1 line
Front Side Windows 27% 27%
Back Side Windows 27% 27%
Rear Windshield 27% No restrictions

How dark can your window tint be in South Carolina?

Window tint darkness is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In South Carolina 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 South Carolina (SC), 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 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 above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 27% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness can be applied several (unspecified) inches from the top of the window.
  • 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 South Carolina?

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 South Carolina.

Tint reflection for sedans:

  • Front Side windows: Must be non reflective, state law is not specific about what this means.
  • Back Side windows: Must be non reflective, state law is not specific about what this means.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: Must be non reflective, state law is not specific about what this means.
  • Back Side windows: Must be non reflective, state law is not specific about what this means.

Other South Carolina tinting rules and regulations:

Other laws, rules and regulations in South Carolina include the following:

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: Tint colors red, amber and yellow are not permitted by law.
  • Certificate Requirements: Film manufacturers need to certify the film they sell in South Carolina. Check with your dealer if 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: South Carolina 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 South Carolina window tinting laws, rules and regulations.