Florida Window Tint Laws
The state of Florida has established precise regulations governing window tinting for vehicles. Each state in the United States has its own standards for the percentage of darkness and reflectivity allowed for car windows. Additionally, there are specific provisions related to window tinting that you should be aware of. Here, we provide a comprehensive overview of window tinting laws in Florida.
Florida Window Tint Laws:
Florida’s window tint laws specify various restrictions, including the following:
- Windshield tint must be applied above the AS-1 line.
- Front side windows are allowed to have a Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) of 28%.
- Back side windows on passenger vehicles may have a VLT of 15%, while multi-purpose vehicles (such as buses, vans, and SUVs) are permitted to have a VLT of 6%.
- Rear windows on passenger vehicles can have a VLT of 15%, and multi-purpose vehicles can have a VLT of up to 6%.
VLT, or Visible Light Transmittance, refers to the percentage of total light that must pass through the windows, meaning no more than 85% of total light can be blocked. Florida allows a 3% tolerance.
It’s essential to distinguish between passenger vehicles and multi-purpose vehicles when considering window tint darkness restrictions. You can determine your vehicle type by locating the federal ID label on the door frame next to the driver’s seat.
Official Sources and References:
- Florida Statutes (Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control)
- Florida Statutes 316.29545 – Medical Exemptions
- Florida Sunscreening Medical Exemption – Application Form (PDF)
Window Tint Reflection:
Certain window tint films can reflect incoming light, reducing glare and heat. In Florida, the use of window tint films with a mirrored or metallic appearance is not allowed to exceed 25% reflectivity for front side windows and 35% for back windows and the rear windshield. It is advisable not to use window tint with excessive reflectivity for the safety of other drivers, particularly in sunny states like Florida.
If any windows behind the driver’s position are tinted, your vehicle must have dual exterior side mirrors.
Restricted Tint Colors:
Florida window tint laws prohibit the use of window tint films that alter the natural color of the windows.
Some U.S. states allow for different window tint percentages based on specific medical conditions. In Florida, you can apply for a medical exemption to use darker window film if you have conditions such as porphyria, xeroderma pigmentosa, lupus, or severe photosensitivity. These medical exemptions are granted by the Medical Advisory Board of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The application for a medical exemption requires a fee of $6.25 per vehicle and does not expire. However, the exemption becomes invalid upon the sale or transfer of the vehicle. You can find a fillable window tint medical exemption form on the Florida Department of Highway Safety website.
Using window tint that does not comply with Florida laws is considered a non-moving violation, which is a non-criminal traffic infraction. Penalties are detailed in Florida Statutes, Chapter 318. Notably, Florida has specific penalties for individuals who install or sell illegal tint film, classifying it as a second-degree misdemeanor.
Other Privacy Devices:
Florida’s tinting laws permit the use of drapes, blinds, curtains, or similar window coverings solely on back side windows. These items must remain open and securely positioned while the vehicle is on public roads.
Window Film Certificate:
All installers or sellers of sunscreen materials must provide a label indicating compliance with Florida tint laws. This label must include the trade name of the material and the business name of the installer or seller. These labels should be placed inside the left door jamb of the vehicle.
Keep in mind that specific towns or counties in Florida may have their own unique regulations regarding window tinting. If you have any doubts or questions, it’s advisable to check with your local law enforcement or DMV offices.
This information about Florida Window Tinting Laws was last updated in 2023. If any of the information is incomplete or outdated, please let us know. Thank you!
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