Iowa Window Tint Law

Iowa Window Tint Law

Iowa Tint Law Enacted: 1983
Window Tint VLT Shades
HOW DARK CAN WINDOW TINT BE IN IOWA?

Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Iowa, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window.

Windshield

Non-reflective tint is allowed along the top of the windshield above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.

Front Side Windows

Must allow more than 70% of light in.

Back Side Windows

Any darkness can be used.

Rear Window

Any darkness can be used.

HOW REFLECTIVE CAN THE TINT BE IN IOWA?

Similar to sunglass lenses, some tinting film contain metallic elements that help in reflecting incoming light and reducing the glare and heat generated by visible light.

Front Side Windows

Not excessive reflectiveness, law is not specific.

Back Side Windows

Not excessive reflectiveness, law is not specific.

OTHER IOWA RULES AND REGULATIONS

Restricted Colors

No colors of tint are explicitly banned.

Side Mirrors

No restrictions.

Certificate Requirements

Manufacturers of film do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.

Sticker Requirements

No sticker to identify legal tinting is required.

Medical Exemption

State allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.

NOTICE:

Although the state has set forth these general laws regarding automotive window tint, individual districts within the state may implement their own regulations other than the state law.

If you are unsure about what the local law is within your state it is always best to contact the local police department and ask before applying window tint to your vehicle.

This page is provided as a reference only and is not legal advice. Laws can change with or without notice. Contact your local law enforcement agency to confirm the current laws within your state and/or local area.