The first window tinting laws in Texas were enacted in 2009. These rules focus on how the films apply to the glass for all vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.
Some vehicles are exempt from these requirements under Texas law. That’s why it is essential to review all the current rules before hiring someone to create the look and results you want.
All drivers must use certified films. Manufacturers are required to certify the items they sell in the state. Here are the primary expectations to follow.
1. All tinting devices for the windshield must be above the AS-1 line. If your glass doesn’t have this designation, any tinting or sunscreening must end five inches below the top of the installation.
2. You cannot install blue, amber, or red window films or tints in Texas.
3. All vehicles can do a 25 VLT all around if they want under the current regulations. Your installation cannot be darker than that on any front window. If you have side mirrors, the rear window can be any darkness.
4. All back side windows can use any VLT rating, with or without side mirrors present.
5. Window tints and films must be less than 25% reflective when installed on any vehicle.
Since you must use certified products for your window tints in Texas, it helps to work with a reputable dealer and installer. By investing in this process now, you can save yourself from a significant headache later!