Tint Laws in Texas
Texas Window Tinting Laws
Understanding the Texas Window Tinting BasicsWindow tint laws vary slightly depending on which state you live in. As a Texas resident, the most important thing you need to know when it comes to automotive window tinting laws is that your front two windows (driver and passenger side) cannot be tinted with any film darker than 25%. This means that the film on your front two windows must allow 25% or more light to pass through. However, you can go as dark as you’d like on all rear side and back windows to achieve the look you’re going for.
The rear windows and back window are allowed to be much darker, which adds greater potential for privacy and stylistic modifications to your car, truck, van or SUV. Also, the small strip of tint at the top of your windshield, often referred to as an “eyebrow” or “eyebrow strip” is allowed as long as it meets the specs set by the vehicle manufacturer. The strip must rest above what is known as the “AS-1 line”. If you do not know where the AS-1 line falls on your vehicle’s windshield, just know that Texas State law requires that the strip extend to no more than 5 inches below the top of your windshield.
Despite these tight restrictions on dark films on your front windshield (which the state qualifies as a “sunscreening device”) you are allowed to lay a clear, un-tinted film on your front windshield to protect against UV rays. Please note that there are also restrictions on certain colors (for instance, red or blue film is not allowed as this can be distracting to other motorists and/or impair the driver’s ability to see road conditions properly).
It is very important to respect and adhere to these laws in order to ensure the safety of both yourself and fellow motorists. However, as with all rules, there are exceptions to Texas state law when it comes to window tinting. These exceptions apply specifically to patients with documented medical needs and to special professional vehicles, i.e limousines (hence the term “limo tint”), taxis, and busses as well as law enforcement vehicles. Ask your doctor if you think you are a candidate for a window tinting exemption or contact us for a custom quote for your personal or commercial vehicle today.