Automotive Tinting Laws


Washington State

Car window tinting laws in Washington were enacted in 2011.

We have provided all the necessary information about your car's window tint, including how dark or reflectivethe tint is allowed in your state. There are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in Washington so make sure you read all about it below.


Window tint darkness in Washington

The percent of visible light allowed through your car windows is called VLT: Visible Light specific and different for sedan cars and SUV cars oThe percent of visible light allowed through your car windows is called VLT: Visible Light r vans.

Tint darkness for sedans:

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

Front Side windows: Must allow more than 24% of light in.

Back Side windows: Must allow more than 24% of light in.

Rear Window: Must allow more than 24% of light in.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

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

Front Side windows: Must allow more than 24% of light in.

Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.

Rear Window: Any darkness can be used.



Window tint reflection in Washington

Window tint can reflect incoming light and reduce glare and heat. Washington window tint law permits a certain window reflection when using a tint so make sure you pay attention to this as well.

Tint reflection for sedans:

Front Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.

Back Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

Front Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.

Back Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.



Other Washington window tint rules and regulations:

Washington does have several other important laws, rules and regulations pertaining to window tinting. They include the following:


Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required in this state if back window is tinted.

Restricted Colors: Yellow, red and amber window tints are not allowed by Washington law.

Certificates: Film manufacturers need to certify the film they sell in the state of Washington. Check with your dealer if they are using certified film.

Stickers: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on the driver’s side window.

Medical Exceptions: Washington allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law. Keep in mind that Washington tinting laws and regulations may be interpreted differently in your county or place of residence and we always recommend you double-check our information with your local DMV or law enforcement authorities.

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