Window Tint Laws

Window Tint Laws

Iowa Window Tint Laws (IA)

Car window tinting laws in Iowa were first put into place in 1983.

Iowa was the 1st 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 Iowa. Aside from the basics, like tint percentages, there are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in Iowa that we have made available.

Iowa Tint Laws – Legal Darkness Allowed In Iowa

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 Iowa 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 Iowa:

  • Front Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 70% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: Any tint darkness can be used
  • Rear window: Any tint darkness can be used

iowa-window-tint-laws-explained

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

  • Front Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in.
  • Front seat side windows: Must allow more than 70% of light in.
  • Back seat side windows: Any tint darkness can be used
  • Rear window: Any tint darkness can be used

iowa-mpv-window-tint-laws-diagram

Other Iowa Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

Iowa 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: No restrictions on side mirrors in Iowa.
  • Window Tint Color Restrictions: All tint colors are allowed in Iowa
  • Certifications: Manufacturers of film are not required to certify the film they sell in the state.
  • Stickers: No sticker to identify legal tinting is required.
  • Medical Exceptions: Iowa doesn't permit darker window tinting due to medical exemptions since July 2012.
  • Penalties: 

This information relating to window tint laws in Iowa was last updated on December 13th, 2019. Tinting laws in Iowa were enacted in 1983. 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 Iowa Info

Iowa is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States, an area often referred to as the "American Heartland". Iowa was a part of the French colony of New France. After the Louisiana Purchase, settlers laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt. In the latter half of the 20th century, Iowa's agricultural economy made the transition to a diversified economy of advanced manufacturing, processing, financial services, Information Technology, biotechnology, and green energy production. Iowa is the 26th most extensive in land area and the 30th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Des Moines. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in which to live.

 

Capital: Des Moines

Population: 3,074,186

Area: 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km2)

Cities  Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Ames, Sioux City, Dubuque, Davenport, West Des Moines, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Council Bluffs, Ankeny, Urbandale, Mason City, Fort Dodge, Bettendorf, Marshalltown, Coralville, Ottumwa, Burlington, Decorah, Muscatine, Mystic, Pella, Panora, Okoboji, Waukee, Clinton, Adel, Storm Lake, Marion, Le Claire, Keokuk, Defiance, Clive, Clear Lake, Fairfield, Indianola, Malcom, North Liberty, Delphos, Le Mars, Pioneer, Waverly, Johnston, Altoona, Fort Madison, Boone, Oskaloosa, Orange City

Counties  Adair, Adams, Allamakee, Appanoose, Audubon, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clay, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscatine, O'Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Sac, Scott, Shelby, Sioux, Story, Tama, Taylor, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winnishiek, Woodbury, Worth, Wright

Wikipedia

State Website

 

Tint law references

legis.iowa.gov/publications/search/document?fq=id:880710&pdid=867191&q=windshields%20and%20windows#321.438

legis.iowa.gov/publications/search/document?fq=id:506579&pdid=699435&q=windshields%20and%20windows#761.450.7

 

Medical Exemption Info

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.