Window Tint Laws

Window Tint Laws

South Carolina Window Tint Laws (SC)

Car window tinting laws in South Carolina were first put into place in 1992.

South Carolina was the 18th 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 South Carolina. Aside from the basics, like tint percentages, there are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in South Carolina that we have made available.

South Carolina Tint Laws – Legal Darkness Allowed In South Carolina

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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 27% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: up to 27% tint darkness allowed
  • Rear window: up to 27% tint darkness allowed


Legal Tint Darkness Allowed For Multi-Purpose Vehicles In South Carolina:

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 27% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: Any tint darkness can be applied several (unspecified) inches from the top of the window.
  • Rear window: Any tint darkness can be used


Other South Carolina Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

South Carolina 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 except Red, Amber and Yellow are allowed in South Carolina
  • Certifications: Film manufacturers need to certify the film they sell in South Carolina. Check with your dealer if they are using certified film.
  • Stickers: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on each tinted window.
  • Medical Exceptions: South Carolina allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
  • Penalties: Misdemeanor with minimum $200 fine or 30 days in prison for each offense.

This information relating to window tint laws in South Carolina was last updated on December 13th, 2019. Tinting laws in South Carolina were enacted in 1992. 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 South Carolina Info

South Carolina is a state in the Southeastern United States. It is bordered to the north by North Carolina; to the south and west by Georgia, located across the Savannah River; and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. It's the 40th most extensive and the 24th most populous of the 50 United States, and comprises of 46 counties. The capital and largest city of the state is Columbia.


Capital: Columbia

Population: 4,723,723

Area: 32,020 sq mi (82,931. km2)

Cities  Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Greenville, Columbia, Hilton Head Island, Spartanburg, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, Beaufort, North Charleston, Rock Hill, Florence, Anderson, Bluffton, Fort Mill, Isle of Palms, Aiken, Pawleys Island, Sumter, Folly Beach, Greer, Conway, Murrells Inlet, North Myrtle Beach, Simpsonville, Goose Creek, Georgetown, Surfside Beach, Lexington, Orangeburg, Sullivan's Island, Moncks Corner, Clemson, Gaffney, Greenwood, Parris Island, Easley, Seabrook Island, Walterboro, Irmo, Hartsville, Seneca, Camden, Edisto Beach, North Augusta, West Columbia, Travelers Rest, Edgefield, Mauldin, Blythewood

Counties  Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Chester, chesterfield, clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Greenwood, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg, York


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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.