Legal Window Tint in California

Are you looking for information about California’s tint law? This guide will walk you through the key numbers to look for when buying tint.

California Window Tint Law

  1. Year law enacted: 1999
  2. Tint length on front windshield: only down to line which is 29 inches from that point which is 5 inches up from the bottom of the backrest
  3. Front side window VLT: 88%
  4. Back side window VLT: 88%
  5. Back windshield VLT: 88%
  6. Front side window reflectivity: not specified
  7. Back side window reflectivity: not specified
  8. Restricted colors: red, amber or or affecting driver’s ability to distinguish between primary colors
  9. Medical exemption: no
  10. Tolerance: not specified

How tinted can your windows be in California

California legal window tint

California legal window tint


Windshield in CA: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield.
Front Side Windows in CA: Must allow more than 70% of light in.
Back Side Windows in CA: Any darkness can be used.
Rear Window in CA: Any darkness can be used.

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