What Is The Darkest Legal Tint In The United States?
There are a ton of dark and stylish window tints available on the market to enhance the look of your car. Perhaps you are considering buying one for your vehicle? Maybe you are looking at going to Santa Monica Window Tinting? If so, you would likely want to know what sort of tint restrictions apply in your state.
Not to worry. We are going to walk you through the tinting regulations of the various states and help you to work out the right choice for you. Let’s get started.
Tint Percentage Per State
Now whilst there are different restrictions depending on which windows you are looking to tint, we will assume that you wish to tint the front-side windows at the same level as the back which means that we will only mention the lower percentages of the back-side windows or the percentage of the front-side windows if there is not a restriction on the others.
You should also know that the rear window in most states can have the same tint as the back-side windows and the front windshield is usually only permitted to have somewhere between 1-6 inches of tint depending on your state.
These are the tint percentages from lowest to highest and the states that they apply to:
- 14% – Montana
- 15% – Florida,
- 18% – Kentucky
- 20% – Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota
- 24% – Washington
- 25% – Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
- 27% – Colorado, South Carolina
- 28% – Mississippi, Wyoming
- 30% – Indiana
- 32% – Alabama, Georgia
- 33% – Arizona
- 35% – Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire (but no tinting permitted for front side windows), North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
- 40% – Alaska,
- 43% – Utah
- 50% – Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Washington D.C.
- 70% – California, Delaware, Iowa, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
- Any % but no tinting permitted for front-side windows – New Jersey, Vermont
- Any % but only 4 inches permitted at the top of the front-side windows – Michigan
Which TInt Percentage Should You Get?
As you can see, most of the permitted percentages for matching Front side and back-side windows are at about 35% though some do go higher and lower. California for example gives a lot more freedom when it comes to tinting choices. If you are not sure what each tint percentage looks like then you should definitely ask your provider for some samples.
Obviously, a choice between 14 and 15 percent really won’t mean much but you should be able to see some of the main options first and compare them with your car’s overall aesthetic.