New Window Tint Legislation for this Year’s Session

January 27th, 2021 by Emmariah Holcomb

A number of states have proposed legislation that might impact your tint business. Legislatures in all states will consider making changes to current industry laws in this year’s sessions.

Hawaii – S227

The Senate introduced a bill to amend the current vehicle code to remove the following text:

“Sun screening devices for side windows necessary for driving visibility which are to the rear of the driver and for rear windows necessary for driving visibility which, when used in conjunction with the glazing material, have a light transmittance of no less than 35% plus or minus 6%”

The new legislation could open the door for more use of window film throughout the state.

To view S227’s full text, click here.

Illinois – H96

The House introduced a bill to amend the current vehicle code by adding to the list of medical conditions for which a person is exempt from certain restrictions concerning window tinting. It would add light sensitivity as a result of a traumatic brain injury; and deletes language providing that no exemption shall be granted for any condition, such as light sensitivity.

To view H96’s full text, click here.

New York – A1652 + A2188

New York introduced two legislative items, to be discussed during this year’s session.

Upon passage Senate bill A1654 would “amend the current vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the level of acceptable light transmittance of automotive window tint and film,” by reducing side window light transmittance from the current not less than 70% to not less than 50%.

If the bill passes, the following text would also be added:

“The commissioner may test any window for a person who has been charged with violating this subdivision. Such measurements made by the commissioner, or his designee, shall be given a tolerance of plus or minus seven percent. If such window is found to be in conformity with this subdivision, a small label attesting to the conformity shall be affixed to the window tested.”

The bill is currently under review in the Assembly Transportation Committee.

To view the bill’s full text, click here.

Assembly bill A2188 would modify current legislation to prohibit tinted windows in sports utility vehicles within the state.

To view A2188’s full text, click here.

North Dakota – H1229

The bill would amend the state’s current law to change the wording around the light transmittance from the current at least 70% to no less than 70%. Upon passage the following text would also be added:

“Windows behind the operator may not have less than 35% light transmittance unless the motor vehicle was equipped with tinted privacy glass by the manufacturer when built and the motor vehicle is equipped with outside mirrors on both sides.”

The bill is currently under review in the House Transportation Committee.

To view the bill’s full text, click here.

South Carolina – H3084

This House bill relates to “motor vehicle sunscreen devices” and would revise the permitted level of light transmission for sunscreening and window tinting devices installed on the windshield, side windows, and rear window of a vehicle.

According to the bill’s text, upon passage it would reduce the window light transmittance from the current not less than 27% to not less than 20%.

H3084 is currently in the House Committee on Education and Public Works.

To view the bill’s full text, click here.

Virginia – H2026

Virginia’s House pre-filed a bill that would “amend the current vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the level of acceptable light transmittance.”

“Current law prohibits such films that reduce the total light transmittance of such window to less than 35%, the bill also decreases from 50% to 35% the amount of total light transmittance that can be reduced,” a portion of the bill reads.

Upon passage, the following text would be added:

“No film or darkening material may be applied on the windshield except to replace the sunshield in the uppermost area as installer by the manufacturer of the vehicle.”

To view the bill’s full text, click here.

Look to a future edition for more updates on both pieces of legislation.

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  1. Anybody notice the Hawaiian act will go into effect until 2050?? They’ll probably revise it several times before then!

  2. Love to see Virginia change their tint law where it is 35% on front-sides and anything goes behind. Unfortunately the bill will die as determined by the law enforcement community there.

  3. I live in North Carolina
    Why is it I can buy a new car or truck with tint so dark you can’t see inside and it not be against the law, but me tinting my own windows with 25 or 30 is against the law.

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