Window Tint Laws

Window Tint Laws

New Mexico Window Tint Laws (NM)

Car window tinting laws in New Mexico were first put into place in 1997.

New Mexico was the 31st 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 New Mexico. Aside from the basics, like tint percentages, there are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in New Mexico that we have made available.

New Mexico Tint Laws – Legal Darkness Allowed In New Mexico

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 New Mexico 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 New Mexico:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint above the manufacturer's AS-1 line or top 5 inches is allowed.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 20% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: up to 20% tint darkness allowed
  • Rear window: up to 20% tint darkness allowed

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Legal Tint Darkness Allowed For Multi-Purpose Vehicles In New Mexico:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint above the manufacturer's AS-1 line or top 5 inches is allowed.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 20% 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 New Mexico Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

New Mexico 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 any side or back windows are tinted.
  • Window Tint Color Restrictions: All tint colors except Red, Amber and Yellow are allowed in New Mexico
  • Certifications: Manufacturers of film need to certify the film they sell in the state. Ask your dealer if they are using certified film.
  • Stickers: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on every tinted window.
  • Medical Exceptions: New Mexico allows medical exemptions for special tint.
  • Penalties: Petty misdemeanor with up to $75 fine.

This information relating to window tint laws in New Mexico was last updated on December 13th, 2019. Tinting laws in New Mexico were enacted in 1997. 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 New Mexico Info

New Mexico is a state located in the southwest and western regions of the United States. New Mexico is also usually considered one of the Mountain States. New Mexico is the 5th most extensive, the 36th most populous, and the 6th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

 

Capital: Santa Fe

Population: 2,085,538

Area: 121,589 sq mi (315,194 km2)

Cities  Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Taos, Roswell, Rio Rancho, Alamogordo, Silver City, Ruidoso, Carlsbad, Farmington, Gallup, Clovis, Truth or Consequences, Hobbs, Las Vegas, Taos Ski Valley, Socorro, Red River, Española, Raton, Deming, Cloudcroft, Artesia, Los Lunas, Tucumcari, Angel Fire, Abiquiú, Pecos, Grants, Hatch, Aztec, Bernalillo, Tijeras, Sunland Park, Chama, Belen, Jemez Springs, Mesilla, Weed, Santa Rosa, Pie Town, Corrales, Lordsburg, Portales, New Mexico, Cimarron, Fort Sumner, Vermejo Park Ranch, Questa, Elephant Butte

Counties  Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Harding, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Sandoval, San Juan, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Union, Valencia

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Tint law references

law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2016/chapter-66/article-3/part-9/section-66-3-846.1/

 

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.