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  • January 21, 2015
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carwindowtintpercentWant your windows tinted on your vehicle, there is information about window tinting on rules and regulations you should know, which includes exemptions to the law. Here you will find some necessary information that includes medical exemptions as well. Vehicle code is usually always mandated under state law in the individual state code. Depending on the statutes from the state you reside in it may be found under “Material Obstructing or Reducing Driver’s View.”

This would include:
A clear, transparent lens, or an object or any materials placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied in or upon the vehicle that obstructs or reduces the driver’s clear view through the windshield, rear window or side windows.

Window tinting may include other devices such as: heat shrinking film, glazing, shade bands, or sun screen devices that are temporarily in place with suction cups.

To avoid being issued a citation you must comply with the state’s vehicle code that meets all requirements of the minimum visible light transmittance. All this means is how much visible light can get through your window and how much does the glass allow for visibility. This is what state laws are concerned with. If a window tint is below the legal percentage identified by state law, then this would not be in compliance with the state’s vehicle code. Check with your state’s code to see what the legal requirement for light transmittance is.

(More information: State-Specific Information on Vehicle Window Tint Laws)

Are you violating your state’s law with your vehicle’s window tinting?

To avoid being issued a citation you must comply with the state’s vehicle code that meets all requirements of the minimum visible light transmittance. All this means is how much visible light can get through your window and how much does the glass allow for visibility. This is what state laws are concerned with. If a window tint is below the legal percentage identified by state law, then this would not be in compliance with the states vehicle code. Check with your state’s code to see what the legal requirement for light transmittance is.

(More information: State-Specific Information on Vehicle Window Tint Laws)

To get your window tint inspected, to know if you’re in compliance, start by contacting your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. (Get state-specific DMV information here). If you move to another state, window tint state code could change.

Are you exempt to window tint laws under Medical Necessity?

Drivers or frequent passengers in a specific vehicle in many states are exempt from window tinting laws, this would apply to those who have a valid medical or vision related disease or disorder that limits exposure to sunlight. Some conditions that may qualify and be exempt to window tinting laws are the following:

  • Genetic conditions
  • Lupus
  • Photosensitivity
  • Melanoma
  • Autoimmune disorder

In order to avoid a citation for window tint-related traffic violation. You must qualify for medical exemptions. The occupant of the vehicle, whether it is the driver or passenger who is exempt must present the law enforcement officer with the proper documentation.

  1. Identifies the medical necessity from a medical professional
  2. States the duration of sunlight exposer that satisfies medical needs of the one in question.
  3. Identifies duration or the prescription expiration date.
  4. Identifies the vehicle that is exempt from window tint, for medical necessity

 

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