Thinking about adding a tint your vehicle’s windows to keep out some of the suns rays, as well as thieves who may be looking for their next score? There are some things you should know before darkening your windows.
Below are some tips to help you follow the law as it pertains to tinted windows from the Department of Motor Vehicles through it’s weekly “Ask George” column:
- If you hire a company to tint your windows, ask for a signed certificate that proves the tint is street legal. Also, get the manufacturer’s name and contact information to keep it in your vehicle as proof you’re complying with the law.
- If you plan to buy material to install on your windows, make sure that the minimum visible light transmittance is 88 percent, which follows the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Also, keep the materials certificate signed by the manufacturer. Basically, this says that the tint material has been installed per the manufacturer’s instructions and meets the federal rules.
- If the tint material tears or bubbles up, remove and replace.
Having materials on your windows that obstruct your view can earn you a traffic citation of $108, plus $30 for a court security fee and a $35 conviction assessment, not including any possible traffic school costs.