New Mexico window tint law 2020 (NM)

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.

Car window tinting laws in New Mexico were first put into place in 1997 with New Mexico being the 31st of the 50 states to enact these tinting laws.

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New Mexico Tint Laws - What does VLT Mean according to New Mexico 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 New Mexico 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 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

What is the 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

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.

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 New Mexico was last updated on January 27th, 2020. 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!

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