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Maryland Regulations for Car Window Tinting

Before you get your windows tinted, be sure you know what the regulations are to prevent unintentional infractions.

Adding a window tint to your Maryland car is something that comes with a ton of benefits to you, your comfort, your safety, and the safety of your children. But, there are regulations you must follow. Maryland, and many other states, have set specifications for window tinting on vehicles. Before you get your windows tinted, be sure you know what the regulations are to prevent unintentional infractions.

Know Your Tint Percentages

The main reason that individuals get pulled over for having tinted car windows is that they don’t follow the regulations for Visible Light Transmission or VLT. The rules for VLT rates are very specific as they are set to allow for the safety of everyone, particularly law enforcement. When the VLT is too high, it makes it challenging to identify if and how many passengers are inside of a vehicle. In Maryland, the percentage of light allowed through must be more than 35%. For sedans, SUV’s, and vans the front side windows must have a VLT of 35% and the and the windshield may have a 35% tint above the AS-1 line or on the top five inches. For sedans, the rear windows must also follow the 35% rule for the back and rear windows. SUV’s and vans have slightly different rules; for the back and rear windows, any tint level can be used. For all sedans, vans, and SUV’s there can be no metallic or mirrored appearance on any windows.

Other Rules and Regulations

If you are using a window tint on your vehicle, there are several other regulations you must know and keep in mind. If you elect to add a tint to your rear window, you will need to ensure that your vehicle has dual side mirrors to make up for the loss of visibility. Not all colors are permitted, be sure to avoid amber, yellow, and red tints which are all prohibited. If you need special tint due to medical necessity, Maryland does have exemptions that allow special tinting, but you must consult with state laws and specialists for the specifics and obtain a permit.

Certificates and Stickers

When you’ve decided to add a tint to your windows, there are several ways to ensure that your bases are covered on the legal side. To start, make sure that your dealer is using a certified film. Each window tint film manufacturer must confirm that their film is safe to sell in each state, presenting these certificates should be easy for any dealer using the correct product. While Maryland does not require a sticker to prove that a tint is legal, having one will help decrease any potential issues. These stickers are added between the film and class on each window making them easy for law enforcement to spot.

Contact American Solar Tinting Today for Your Residential Window Film!

Tinted windows from American Solar Tinting will provide your workplace and employees protection from the sun’s harsh UV rays. American Solar Tinting has the expertise and equipment to keep your home or business decorative and beautiful with window film. We have almost 60 years of experience serving our wonderful customers without the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area.  We offer a variety of solutions for you, whether you need residential window or glass tinting, logo graphics, or security films. For more information on how we can help you and your business, contact us online or give us a call at 1-800-969-0100. For more tips and tricks for your home and business, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

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