Looking to tint your vehicle windows? The number one question from most consumers is how long can they go? Or what is the darkest I can tint my windows in Maryland. The short answer will be 35% VLT on most of your windows except the windshield.
There’s more though…
How is Window Tint Measured?
Darkness of tint is measured by the percentage of Visible Light Transmission (VLT) through the window. In Maryland, VLT% refers to the percentage of light allowed through the combination of window film and window glass combined. The lower the number the darker the tint. You can calculate your vehicle’s VLT% using a special two-piece meter that measures the VLT of your tint.
How Do I Measure my Car’s VLT?
This meter is commonly used by law enforcement as it is the only real way to determine if a tint is within legal standards. So you could go visit your local police department to have them measure your windows. I doubt you want to do that though. Instead, most Maryland vehicle tint shops have this specific meter to test vehicles before installing tint. So, how do you calculate your car’s VLT? Bring it on in to your local Maryland window tint shop!
What Are the Maryland Tint Laws?
Varying from state to state, Maryland’s tint laws state that Net VLT% can be no darker than 35%.
- Sedans. Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 5 inches of the windshield, but the windshield can not have tint below this line. All other windows (front side and rear side) cannot be darker than 35% VLT.
- SUVs. Non-reflective window tint is allowed on the top 5 inches of the windshield. In addition, the windshield and front windows must allow more than 35% of light in. The rear windows and rear windshields can have any level of darkness.
- Vans. Non-reflective window tint is allowed on the top 5 inches of the windshield. Windshield and front windows cannot be darker than 35% VLT. Any rear windows and rear windshields can have any level of darkness.
Here is some more information on Maryland Tint Laws, as well as a video to help you visualize VLT tint laws in Maryland: