Window Tint Laws

Window Tint Laws

Rhode Island Window Tint Laws (RI)

Car window tinting laws in Rhode Island were first put into place in 2000.

Rhode Island was the 36th 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 Rhode Island. Aside from the basics, like tint percentages, there are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in Rhode Island that we have made available.

Rhode Island Tint Laws – Legal Darkness Allowed In Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • 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


Legal Tint Darkness Allowed For Multi-Purpose Vehicles In Rhode Island:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • 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


Other Rhode Island Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

Rhode Island 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: No restrictions.
  • Window Tint Color Restrictions: All tint colors are allowed in Rhode Island
  • Certifications: Film manufacturers are not required to certify the film they sell in Rhode Island.
  • Stickers: No sticker to identify legal tinting is required by law.
  • Medical Exceptions: Rhode Island allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
  • Penalties: Up to $250 per offense (§ 31-23.3-5).

This information relating to window tint laws in Rhode Island was last updated on December 13th, 2019. Tinting laws in Rhode Island were enacted in 2000. 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 Rhode Island Info

Rhode Island is a state in the New England region of the United States. Rhode Island is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, but the second most densely populated of the 50 US states behind New Jersey. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west and Massachusetts to the north and east, and it shares a water boundary with New York's Long Island to the southwest. Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to the State's geography, since the state has several large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its total area.


Capital: Providence

Population: 1,050,292

Area: 1,214 sq mi (3,140 km2)

Cities  Providence, Newport, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, North Kingstown, East Providence, Narragansett, Westerly, East Greenwich, Cumberland, Bristol, South Kingstown, North Providence, Smithfield, Coventry, Portsmouth, Middletown, Central Falls, West Warwick, Barrington, Tiverton, Johnston, Charlestown, Lincoln, Jamestown, Scituate, Watch Hill, Rhode Island, Little Compton, North Smithfield, Burrillville, Kingston, Warren, Wickford, Glocester, Exeter, Hopkinton, West Greenwich, Richmond, Rumford, Pawtuxet Village, Riverside, Chepachet, Foster, Saunderstown, Kingston Station, Lime Rock, New Shoreham, Bristol Ferry

Counties  Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, Washington


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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.