Window Tint Laws in Florida
Gregg Hollander | September 7, 2022 | Florida Law
Florida is called the Sunshine State for good reason: the state experiences 237 days of total or partial sunshine each year, at least 30 more than the national average. Direct sunlight can make driving difficult, as can the glare that sunlight can create. And cars left outside on warm sunny days can send the temperatures inside your car soaring.
It is no wonder, then, that window tinting is a popular option for trying to mitigate the drawbacks of the sun. However, Florida has very specific laws that govern the amount and type of tint that can be applied to your vehicle’s windows. Failing to follow these requirements can lead to a ticket and fines.
Permissible Windshield Window Tint in Florida
Window tint is expressed in terms of a percentage. The percentage refers to the amount of light that the tint allows to pass through the window. The higher the percentage, the more light that will come through your window and the less dark the window will be. Conversely, the lower the percentage, the darker the window tint will be.
For windshields of vehicles, Florida permits drivers to place non-reflective tint above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line. The AS-1 line is located approximately four inches below the top of the windshield, and the line runs parallel with the top edge of the windshield.
Tint is not permitted anywhere else on the windshield, no matter the percentage.
Side and Rear Window Tint Limits in Florida
Cars and larger vehicles like SUVs and vans have different limits regarding window tint on the side and rear windows. For cars, the front side windows must let in at least 28% of visible light. The rear side windows and the rear windshield each must let in at least 15% of visible light.
For SUVs and vans, front side windows must also allow at least 28% of visible light to pass through. The rear side windows and rear windshield can be significantly darker, allowing only at least 6% of light to pass through.
Florida also imposes a limit on how reflective the window tint can be. The higher the percentage, the more light that will be reflected by the tint. This can help reduce glare and heat buildup in the vehicle.
For both cars and SUVs, the law permits front side windows to be no more than 25% reflective. Rear side windows for both cars and SUVs can be no more than 35% reflective.
Other Window Tint Requirements in Florida
Florida has additional limitations on the type of tint that can be applied to vehicles. If the back windows of a vehicle are tinted, then the vehicle must be equipped with dual side mirrors. In addition, a sticker that identifies the amount of tint and shows that it is legal must be applied to the inside of the driver’s door jamb.
Penalties in Florida for Window Tint Violations
Florida police officers and law enforcement may pull vehicles over if it appears that the window tint is too dark and violates state law. Officers will use a specialized handheld meter to determine how much light your tint allows to pass through. If this meter shows your tint is too dark, the officer may write you a ticket.
Each window that is found to violate the law may result in a separate ticket or infraction. As of 2022, the cost for having a window that is in violation of Florida tinting laws is $116.00. In Florida, window tint violations are considered non-moving violations and do not result in any points being added to your driving record.
Additional Help with Window Tint Questions
Illegal window tinting can not only result in an expensive ticket, but it may also impact your ability to recover compensation in the event of a car accident. An experienced Florida car accident lawyer can evaluate your specific situation if you or a loved one are involved in a car wreck.
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