Window Tint Laws

Window Tint Laws

Pennsylvania Window Tint Laws (PA)

Car window tinting laws in Pennsylvania were first put into place in 1999.

Pennsylvania was the 33rd 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 Pennsylvania. Aside from the basics, like tint percentages, there are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania that we have made available.

Pennsylvania Tint Laws – Legal Darkness Allowed In Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania:

  • Front Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in, any darkness on top 3 inches.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 70% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: up to 70% tint darkness allowed
  • Rear window: up to 70% tint darkness allowed

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

  • Front Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in, any darkness on top 3 inches.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 70% 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 Pennsylvania Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania
  • Certifications: Film manufacturers are not required to certify the film they sell in Pennsylvania.
  • Stickers: Sticker to identify legal tinting is required in this state.
  • Medical Exceptions: Pennsylvania allows medical exemptions for special tint.
  • Penalties: 

This information relating to window tint laws in Pennsylvania was last updated on December 13th, 2019. Tinting laws in Pennsylvania were enacted in 1999. 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 Pennsylvania Info

Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a US state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, and the Great Lakes region. The state borders Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and Ontario, Canada to the northwest, New York to the north and New Jersey to the east. Pennsylvania is the 33rd most extensive, the 6th most populous, and the 9th most densely populated of the 50 United States. The state's four most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie.

 

Capital: Harrisburg

Population: 12,763,536

Area: 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km2)

Cities  Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Allentown, Lancaster, Centralia, State College, Erie, Bethlehem, Reading, King of Prussia, York, West Chester, Gettysburg, Altoona, Easton, Carlisle, New Hope, Johnstown, Doylestown, Manheim, Latrobe, Paint, Pottstown, Greensburg, Bensalem Township, Phoenixville, Norristown, Jim Thorpe, Hazleton, Chambersburg, Malvern, Upper Darby, Media, Lititz, Lansdale, Downingtown, Green Tree, Emporium, Pottsville, Conshohocken, Wayne, New Castle, Coatesville, Cranberry Township, Washington, Chester, Quakertown, Monroeville, Lebanon

Counties  Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York

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Tint law references

dot.state.pa.us/Public/DVSPubsForms/BMV/BMV%20Fact%20Sheets/fs-sun.pdf

legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/75/00.045.024.000..HTM

 

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.