Kentucky window tint law 2020 (KY)

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

Car window tinting laws in Kentucky were first put into place in 1994 with Kentucky being the 25th of the 50 states to enact these tinting laws.

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Kentucky Tint Laws - What does VLT Mean according to Kentucky State Law

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 Kentucky is very specific to the state and is different for Passenger Vehicles and Multi-Purpose Vehicles.

A 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.

What is the Legal Tint Darkness Allowed For Passenger Vehicles In Kentucky:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 35% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: up to 18% tint darkness allowed
  • Rear window: up to 18% tint darkness allowed 

What is the Legal Tint Darkness Allowed For Multi-Purpose Vehicles In Kentucky:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 35% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: up to 8% tint darkness allowed
  • Rear window: up to 8% tint darkness allowed

Other Kentucky Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

Kentucky 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.
  • Window Tint Color Restrictions: All tint colors are allowed in Kentucky
  • Certifications: Manufacturers of film need to certify the film they sell in the state. Consult with your dealer to make sure they are using certified film.
  • Stickers: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required on the inside of the driver’s side doorjamb.
  • Medical Exceptions: Kentucky law does NOT allow medical exemptions that would allow you use special tint.
  • Penalties: Class B misdemeanor.

Always remember that the laws can change on a daily basis and these rules and regulations may be interpreted differently on a city to city or county to county basis. We recommend double-checking the information contained on this website with your local DMV or local law enforcement agencies for accuracy. This information relating to window tint laws in Kentucky was last updated on January 27th, 2020. Tinting laws in Kentucky were enacted in 1994. 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!

Kentucky Automotive Window Tint Law References

Kentucky Window tint Medical Exemption References

As of the time of this article’s last update, January 27th 2020, Kentucky does NOT allow any form of medical exemption for automotive window tinting. 

In order to file for a medical exemption you would need to have a bill passed that would allow for legal medical exemptions in Kentucky.

You would need to contact your state representatives in order to appeal for them to change this law.

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State of Kentucky Information

Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States.


What is the Capital of Kentucky

The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort

What is the population of Kentucky

The population of Kentucky is 4,468,402 according to Wikipedia as of 2018.

What is the area of Kentucky

The area of Kentucky is 40,408 square miles and ranks as the 37th largest state in the United States!

Kentucky Wikipedia Page

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Official Kentucky state Website

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