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Texas window tint law 2020 (TX)

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

Car window tinting laws in Texas were first put into place in 2009 with Texas being the 49th of the 50 states to enact these tinting laws.

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Texas Tint Laws - What does VLT Mean according to Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas:

  • Front Windshield: 25% VLT tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line or top 5 inches, with less than 25% reflection.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 25% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: Any tint darkness can be used if you have side outside mirrors – 25% tint required without side mirrors
  • Rear window: Any tint darkness can be used if you have side outside mirrors – 25% tint required without side mirrors
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What is the Legal Tint Darkness Allowed For Multi-Purpose Vehicles In Texas:

  • Front Windshield: 25% VLT tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line or top 5 inches, with less than 25% reflection.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 25% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: Any tint darkness can be used
  • Rear window: Any tint darkness can be used if you have side outside mirrors – 25% tint required without side mirrors
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Other Texas Window Tint Rules And Regulations:

Texas 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: If rear window is tinted dual side mirrors are required.
  • Window Tint Color Restrictions: All tint colors except Red, Amber and Blue are allowed on Windshield in Texas
  • Certifications: Film manufacturers need to certify the film they sell in the state. Check with your dealer if they are using certified film.
  • Stickers: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on the driver’s side window.
  • Medical Exceptions: Texas allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult Texas tint laws.

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 Texas was last updated on January 28th, 2020. Tinting laws in Texas were enacted in 2009. 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!

Texas Automotive Window Tint Law References

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Texas Window tint Medical Exemption References

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State of Texas Information

Texas is the second most populous and the second-largest of the 50 states in the United States of America, and the largest state in the 48 contiguous United States. Geographically located in the South Central part of the country, Texas shares an international border with the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas to the south, and borders the U.S. states of New Mexico to the west, Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast and Louisiana to the east. Texas has an area of 268,820 square miles (696,200 km2), and a growing population of 26.1 million residents. Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest in the United States, while San Antonio is the second largest in the state and seventh largest in the United States. Texas has 254 counties, more than any other state.

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What is the Capital of Texas

The capital of Texas is Austin

What is the population of Texas

The population of Texas is 28,995,881 according to Wikipedia as of 2019.

What is the area of Texas

The area of Texas is 268,581 square miles and ranks as the 2nd largest state in the United States!

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