Window Tint Laws

Window Tint Laws

Massachusetts Window Tint Laws (MA)

Car window tinting laws in Massachusetts were first put into place in 1985.

Massachusetts was the 3rd 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 Massachusetts. Aside from the basics, like tint percentages, there are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in Massachusetts that we have made available.

Massachusetts Tint Laws – Legal Darkness Allowed In Massachusetts

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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the AS-1 line or 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

Massachusetts Window Tint Laws

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

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the AS-1 line or 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

massachusetts-mpv-window-tint-laws-diagram

Other Massachusetts Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts
  • Certifications: Manufacturers of film are not required to certify the film they sell in the state.
  • Stickers: State law recommends but does not require stickers to identify legal tinting.
  • Medical Exceptions: Massachusetts does permit medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
  • Penalties: Up to $250 fine. Third or subsequent convictions will result in 90 day drivers license suspension.

This information relating to window tint laws in Massachusetts was last updated on December 13th, 2019. Tinting laws in Massachusetts were enacted in 1985. 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 Massachusetts Info

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, New York to the west, and Vermont and New Hampshire to the north; at its east lies the Atlantic Ocean. Massachusetts is the 7th smallest, but the 14th most populous and the 3rd most densely populated of the 50 United States. Many of Massachusetts' towns, cities, and counties have names identical to ones in England. Massachusetts is the most populous of the six New England states and has the nation's sixth highest GDP per capita.

 

Capital: Boston

Population: 6,646,144

Area: 10,555 sq mi (27,336 km2)

Cities  Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, Salem, Worcester, Springfield, Framingham, Brookline, Newton, Lowell, Somerville, Quincy, Waltham, New Bedford, Plymouth, Amherst, Provincetown, Northampton, Woburn, Gloucester, Concord, Natick, Andover, Fall River, Medford, Braintree, Wellesley, Brockton, Chicopee, Arlington, Revere, Barnstable, Haverhill, Weymouth, Lynn, Newburyport, Falmouth, Beverly, Pittsfield, Hyannis, Taunton, Peabody, Foxborough, Chelmsford, Needham, Dedham, Rockport, Lexington, Malden, Billerica

Counties  Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester

Wikipedia

State Website

 

Tint law references

malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIV/Chapter90/Section9D

 

Medical Exemption Info

mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-tinted-glass-waiver-for-your-vehicle

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.