New York Window Tint Law

New York Window Tint Law

New York Tint Law Enacted: 1991
Window Tint VLT Shades
HOW DARK CAN WINDOW TINT BE IN NEW YORK?

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

Windshield

Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.

Front Side Windows

Must allow more than 70% of light in.

Back Side Windows

Must allow more than 70% of light in.

Rear Window

Any darkness can be used.

HOW REFLECTIVE CAN THE TINT BE IN NEW YORK?

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

No metallic or mirrored appearance.

Back Side Windows

No metallic or mirrored appearance.

OTHER NEW YORK RULES AND REGULATIONS

Restricted Colors

No colors of tint are explicitly banned.

Side Mirrors

Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.

Certificate Requirements

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

Sticker Requirements

The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on each tinted window.

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.