If you live in the Florida Space Coast, chances are you’re going to want to have tinted windows on your vehicle. The strong, steady sun makes it almost mandatory to tint the windows of any car that is parked outside frequently. Below is the legal Florida tinting limits for standard car windows:
HOW DARK CAN WINDOW TINT BE IN FLORIDA?
Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Florida, 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 28% of light in.|
|Back Side Windows||Must allow more than 15% of light in.|
|Rear Window||Must allow more than 15% of light in.|
HOW REFLECTIVE CAN THE TINT BE IN FLORIDA?
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||Must not be more than 25% reflective.|
|Back Side Windows||Must not be more than 25% reflective.|
OTHER FLORIDA 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 on the inside of the driver’s side doorjamb.|
|Medical Exemption||State allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.|
Luckily, there are not too many rules regarding automotive tint in the state. As long as the front two windows transmit at least 28% of light & do not reflect more than 25% and your rear windows allow more than 15% of light to pass through & do not reflect more than 35% your vehicle will be up to code. The light transmission rule is usually the one that dictates what percentage film you are using in normal tinting conversations ( a “30% film” blocks 30% of light). Relfectiveness is a rarer characteristic that most people do not have to worry about because relfective metallic films are much less common than normal non-relfective gloss films.
There are a few other noteworthy details about regulations involving special features you can add to your tint job. The front windshield visor ( also commonly known as an “Eyebrow Strip” ) is a popular application many drivers enjoy to help preserve their vision when driving toward the sun and to prevent facial skin damage from UV rays. This strip of film can be applied to any windshield as long as it does not extend downward past the vehicle manufacturer’s AS-1 Line. It is usually about 4-6 inches from the top of the windshield.
Also, as long as you leave a 6 inch gap at the top of the glass, a film of any darkness ( i.e. “limo tint” ) can be used on the rear side and back windshield glass. This gives your vehicle that limosine feeling with maximum privacy, keeps you cooler by blocking more sun and is great for people who’s skin may be sensitive to sunlight and usually ride in the rear. Many people with young children opt for this feature.
Call Always Cool Window Tinting today to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about any other questions you may have regarding tinting laws in Florida or to get a free estimate for your vehicle! 321-728-7577