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Friday, August 21 2020
Window Tinting Laws in Pennsylvania

Window tints can do a lot of good. Some tinting benefits include:

  • Protects your skin from harmful UV rays
  • Protects your interior from wearing away from sun exposure
  • Protects your child
  • Improves visibility (less sun getting in your eyes from the side)
  • Helps keep your car cool
  • Increases your sense of security and privacy
  • Makes your vehicle less of a theft target
  • Enhances your vehicle’s look

However, states have enacted laws restricting the use of window tints for a variety of reasons. It’s vital to know the rules pertaining to tinting your car windows in Pennsylvania to reap the benefits without running into legal trouble.

To that end, we’ve listed the basics below. Read on to stay informed about tinting laws.

Tint Darkness Laws

One major reason that regulators put tinting laws in place is to ensure enough light can make it through your windows. The measure this with Visible Light Transmission (VLT), the percentage of light that makes it through the windows.

These amounts differ depending on if your vehicle is a traditional “car” or an SUV/van.

Here are the rules for sedans:

  • Front windows: Must allow more than 70% of light into the vehicle.
  • Back windows: Must allow more than 70% of light into the vehicle.
  • Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in. Any level of darkness is allowed on the top 3 inches.
  • Rear window: Must allow more than 70% of light into the vehicle.

Here are the rules for SUVs and vans:

  • Front windows: Must allow more than 70% of light in.
  • Back windows: Any level of darkness is allowed.
  • Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in. Any level of darkness is allowed on the top 3 inches.
  • Rear window: Any level of darkness is allowed.

Tint Reflection Laws

In Pennsylvania, the law also limits the amount of light your vehicle’s windows can reflect. Once again, this differs for cars and SUVs/vans.

Pennsylvania doesn’t seem to have rear window or windshield tinting laws. It’s only for the front and back side windows.

The general rules for cars, SUVs, and vans are the same. No mirrored or metallic appearances on the front side or back side windows.

Other Laws

Tinting laws don’t just apply to your windows and windshield. Here are some other rules to keep in mind:

  • Side mirrors: Pennsylvania requires dual side mirrors if your back window is tinted.
  • Colors: Pennsylvania does not explicitly ban any tinting colors.
  • Certificates: Pennsylvania does not require film manufacturers to certify the film they sell.
  • Stickers: Pennsylvania requires you to have a sticker that identifies that your window tints are legal.

Pennsylvania does allow medical exemptions for window tints.

Follow Local Laws

Local laws and county rules may differ from Pennsylvania’s when it comes to window tinting. Make sure you understand the tinting laws where you live before tinting your windows.

At Car Pretty, we don’t just offer you window tints: we also educate you on the legalities of installing film on your vehicle. Come to Car Pretty today to enhance the comfort and functionality of your vehicle.

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