Window Tint Laws

Window Tint Laws

Illinois Window Tint Laws (IL)

Car window tinting laws in Illinois were first put into place in 2009.

Illinois was the 48th of the 50 states to enact these laws.

On this page we have done our best to collect all of the legal information necessary about your car’s window tint, including how dark the tint is allowed to be and how reflective the tint is allowed to be in Illinois. Aside from the basics, like tint percentages, there are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in Illinois that we have made available.

Illinois Tint Laws – Legal Darkness Allowed In Illinois

The percentage of light that a window tint film allows to pass through your car windows is called the VLT (Visible Light Transmission), and each state has different legal allowable limits. The amount of light allowed to pass through your film and glass in Illinois is very specific to the state and is different for Passenger Vehicles and Multi-Purpose Vehicles.

I HIGHER VLT means that more light is allowed to pass through the window tint film.

Example: a 75% tint will allow 75% of the light to pass through whereas a 5% tint will only allow 5% of the light to pass through, making the 5% tint a much darker film.

Legal Tint Darkness Allowed For Passenger Vehicles In Illinois:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 35% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: up to 35% tint darkness allowed
  • Rear window: up to 35% tint darkness allowed

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Legal Tint Darkness Allowed For Multi-Purpose Vehicles In Illinois:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 50% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: Any tint darkness can be used
  • Rear window: Any tint darkness can be used

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Other Illinois Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

Illinois has a few other important things that you will need to consider regarding window tinting and we recommend that you check them out before deciding whether or not you tint your windows:

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
  • Window Tint Color Restrictions: All tint colors are allowed in Illinois
  • Certifications: Manufacturers of film do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.
  • Stickers: No sticker to identify legal tinting is required.
  • Medical Exceptions: Illinois does allow medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
  • Penalties: Petty offense with $50-$500 fine. Second or subsequent violations are class C misdemeanor with $100 - $500 fine.

This information relating to window tint laws in Illinois was last updated on December 13th, 2019. Tinting laws in Illinois were enacted in 2009. In case any of our info provided is not up to date or correct be sure to contact us so we can fix it. Thanks!

State Of Illinois Info

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is the 5th most populous and 25th most extensive state, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean; as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois River. For decades, O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.

 

Capital: Springfield

Population: 12,875,255

Area: 57,914 sq mi (149,998 km2)

Cities  Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Springfield, Peoria, Elgin, Waukegan, Cicero, Champain, Bloomington, Decatur, Arlington Heights, Evanston, Schaumburg, Bolingbrook, Palatine, Skokie, Des Plaines, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Oak Lawn, Berwyn, Mount Prospect, Wheaton, Normal, Hoffman Estates, Oak Park, Downers Grove, Glenview, Belleville, Elmhurst, DeKalb, Moline, Lombard, Buffalo Grove, Urbana, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Quincy, Streamwood, Carol Stream, Romeovile, Plainfield, Rock Island, Hanover Park, Carpentersville, Wheeling, Park Ridge, Calumet City, Addison, Glendale Heights, Pekin, Northbrook, Elk Grove Village, Danville, St. Charles, Woodridge, North Chicago

Counties  Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane, McHenry, Winnebago, St. Clair, Madison, Champaign, Sangamon, Peoria, McLean, Rock Island, Tazewell, Kendall, LaSalle, Kankakee, Macon, DeKalb, Vermilion, Adams, Williamson, Jackson, Whiteside, Boone, Coles, Ogle, Knox, Henry, Grundy, Macoupin, Stephenson, Franklin, Marion, Livingston, Jefferson, Woodford, Clinton, Fulton, Lee, Morgan, Bureau, Christian, Effingham, Randolph, Monroe, McDonough, Logan, Montgomery, Iroquis, Saline, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Shelby, Perry, Fayette, Douglas, Crawford, Hancock, Edgar, Union, Bond, Warren, Lawrence, Wayne, Piatt, DeWitt, Mercer, Pike, Clark, Richland, Massac, Carroll, Moultrie, Washington, Mason, White, Ford, Greene, Clay, Cass, Menard, Marshall, Johnson, Wabash, Cumberland, Jasper, Hamilton, Alexander, Schuyler, Henderson, Brown, Edwards, Pulaski, Putnam, Stark, Gallatin, Scott, Calhoun, Pope, Hardin

Wikipedia

State Website

 

Tint law references

ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=062500050HCh%2E+12+Art%2E+V&ActID=1815&ChapterID=49&SeqStart=139900000&SeqEnd=140400000

 

Medical Exemption Info

cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/vsd704.pdf

The information provided on this page is intended to be used for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. Although we are providing this information as a reference based on the research we have done, we cannot be held liable for any outdated information as these laws have the potential to change frequently.