What is the Darkest I Can Tint my Windows in Maryland?
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:
Can I Be Fined in Other States for my Window Tint?
Window tint laws vary from state to state. There is often confusion about laws when you cross the borders of your home state into another state. The general consensus is that your vehicle must meet its registered state’s tint laws. So if your vehicle is registered in Maryland then you should only have to abide to Maryland tint laws. This is actually a common law among many (if not all) the U.S. states.
That said, and this is important to note, it doesn’t mean you are guaranteed not to get a citation or to get pulled over.
I Got Pulled Over with Legal Tint
Many clients have reported getting pulled over in other states and receiving citations for invalid tint. Police use dark tint as probable cause to pull vehicles over. Obviously if you’re doing nothing wrong then you will end up leaving with just a warning. That said, some people have reported receiving citations even when tested at our facility and with local Maryland state law enforcement their tint ends up being legal. This is most likely an effort to generate revenue—police assume you’ll cut the check for the small citation amount.