Window Tint Laws

Window Tint Laws

Minnesota Window Tint Laws (MN)

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

Minnesota was the 4th 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 Minnesota. Aside from the basics, like tint percentages, there are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in Minnesota that we have made available.

Minnesota Tint Laws – Legal Darkness Allowed In Minnesota

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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota:

  • Front Windshield: No tint is allowed on the windshield.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 50% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: up to 50% tint darkness allowed
  • Rear window: up to 50% tint darkness allowed

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

  • Front Windshield: No tint is allowed on 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 Minnesota Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

Minnesota 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: There are no restrictions on side mirrors in Minnesota.
  • Window Tint Color Restrictions: All tint colors are allowed in Minnesota
  • Certifications: Manufacturers do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.
  • Stickers: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on the driver’s side window.
  • Medical Exceptions: Minnesota allows medical exemptions for special tint.
  • Penalties: 

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

Minnesota is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water". Those waters, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Minnesota is the 12th most extensive and the 21st most populous of the U.S. States.

 

Capital: Saint Paul

Population: 5,379,139

Area: 86,939 sq mi (225,181 km2)

Cities  Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Edina, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, Eden Prairie, Bearville Township, Burnsville, Eagan, Maple Grove, Bemidji, Stillwater, Red Wing, Vergas, Staples, Brainerd, Brooklyn Park, Lakeville, St. Louis Park, Plymouth, Winona, Shakopee, Moorhead, Woodbury, Coon Rapids, Apple Valley, Sax, Walnut Grove, Roseville, Chanhassen, Alexandria, Northfield, Blaine, Rosemount, Chaska, New Ulm, Golden Valley, Willmar, Prior Lake, Wayzata, Ely, Grand Rapids, Faribault, Inver Grove Heights, Owatonna, White Bear Lake

Counties  Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kakabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake County, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine

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Tint law references

revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/169.71

 

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.