West Virginia 2020 Window Tint Laws

Our West Virginia 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.

West Virginia Tint Laws
Sedan SUV
Front Windshield Top 5 inches Top 5 inches
Front Side Windows 35% 35%
Back Side Windows 35% No restrictions
Rear Windshield 35% No restrictions

How dark can your window tint be in West Virginia?

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

Tint darkness for passenger vehicles:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 5 inches of the windshield.
  • 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 5 inches of the windshield.
  • 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 West Virginia?

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 West Virginia.

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 West Virginia tinting rules and regulations:

Other laws, rules and regulations in West Virginia include the following:

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required in this state if back window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: Yellow, amber and red window tint colors are not permitted.
  • Certificate Requirements: Manufacturers of film need to certify the film they sell in West Virginia. Ask 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 car window.
  • Medical Exemption: West Virginia 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 West Virginia window tinting laws, rules and regulations.