Window Tint Laws

Window Tint Laws

Maryland Window Tint Laws (MD)

Car window tinting laws in Maryland were first put into place in 1995.

Maryland was the 27th 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 Maryland. Aside from the basics, like tint percentages, there are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in Maryland that we have made available.

Maryland Tint Laws – Legal Darkness Allowed In Maryland

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 Maryland 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 Maryland:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective 35% VLT tint is allowed on the AS-1 line or top 5 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


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

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective 35% VLT tint is allowed on the AS-1 line or top 5 inches of the windshield.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 35% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: Any tint darkness can be used
  • Rear window: Any tint darkness can be used


Other Maryland Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

Maryland 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: If the back window is tinted dual side mirrors are required.
  • Window Tint Color Restrictions: All tint colors except Red, Amber and Yellow are allowed in Maryland
  • Certifications: Manufacturers of film need to certify the film they sell in the state. Ask your dealer if they are using certified film.
  • Stickers: Maryland law does not require a sticker to identify legal tinting, but it's recommended to have one between the film & glass on each tinted window.
  • Medical Exceptions: Maryland does allow medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
  • Penalties: Traffic offense, plus SERO: Safety Equipment Repair Order requiring certification of tint in inspection station.

This information relating to window tint laws in Maryland was last updated on December 13th, 2019. Tinting laws in Maryland were enacted in 1995. 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 Maryland Info

Maryland is a U.S. state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east. Maryland was the seventh state to ratify the United States Constitution, and has three occasionally used nicknames: the Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. Maryland is one of the smallest states in terms of area, but it remains one of the most populous as well as one of the most densely populated states of the United States. The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis.


Capital: Annapolis

Population: 5,884,563

Area: 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km2)

Cities  Baltimore, Annapolis, Rockville, Ocean City, Gaithersburg, Frederick, Hagerstown, National Harbor, Laurel, College Park, Bowie, Salisbury, Hyattsville, Greenbelt, Cumberland, St. Michaels, Havre de Grace, Walden Farms, Bel Air, Upper Marlboro, Takoma Park, Easton, Westminster, Chevy Chase, Montgomery Village, Elkton, Kensington, Landover, Aberdeen, Chestertown, Frostburg, Cambridge, Millersville, Capitol Heights, La Plata, Lanham, Berlin, Oxon Hill, Hanover, Sherbert, Sykesville, Hunt Valley, Oxford, North Beach, Boonsboro, Emmitsburg, Mount Airy, Chesapeake Beach, Boyds, Burkittsville

Counties  Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, Saint Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, Worcester


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Tint law references


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.