There are many benefits to tinted vehicle windows, including improved safety and better visibility. However, if you plan to tint your windows it’s important to ensure it is done safely and in accordance with the North Carolina window tint law. Each state has its own window tinting regulations that drivers must follow to avoid citation. Car window tinting laws were enacted here in North Carolina in 2001, and while they may seem like an annoyance, they are important and directly related to safety concerns. Here is what you need to know about the North Carolina window tint law before you hit the road.
Window tint darkness
- Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line. However, a clear untinted film for UV purposes can be applied to the full windshield
- Front side windows of a Coupe, Sedan or Station Wagon: Must allow more than 35% of light in.
- Back side windows of a Coupe, Sedan or Station Wagon: Must allow more than 35% of light in.
- Rear window: of a Coupe, Sedan or Station Wagon Must allow more than 35% of light in.
- Back side windows and rear window of a Truck, Van or SUV are not restricted on darkness.
Window tint Reflection
- Front side windows: Must not be more than 20% reflective.
- Back side windows: Must not be more than 20% reflective.
Other North Carolina window tint law regulations
- Red, amber and yellow colors are not permitted.
- Certificates: Film manufacturers are not required to certify the film they sell in this state.
- Medical exceptions: North Carolina allows medical exemptions for special tint. See our online document or call us if you have more questions.
- Violating North Carolina window tint laws is a Class 3 misdemeanor.
As much as you may like the look of a darker tint, we want to make sure you’re aware of the risks of overstepping your vehicle modifications. It is helpful for other drivers and pedestrians to be able to see the driver of a car, to make eye contact and see where they are looking. It is also essential that law enforcement be able to identify the driver in a vehicle.
Now that you are familiar with the North Carolina window tint law, it’s time to choose your window tint! At Coastal Glass Tinting, we have over 35 years of experience with window tinting and the state laws, so you only have to worry about the fun part. Our many automotive window tint packages give many options to find the tint that is perfect for you, and is in accordance with the North Carolina window tint law.
Call us today for a free quote and we’ll have you on the road looking sleek, but staying compliant with the North Carolina window tint law and the local ordinances.