NC Window Tint Legal Limit

North Carolina Window Tint Laws

North Carolina Tint Laws are determined by the percentage of visible light transmission (VLT). Put differently, this is the percentage of light which comes through the tint. A 5% would be extremely dark tint, a 90% would be almost clear.

Here are the various tint laws in North Carolina as they pertain to various types of vehicles:

  • Passenger Vehicles: No tint below AS1 on windshield; 35% net VLT on front side window, rear side window, and rear windshield.
  • Trucks, SUVs, & Vans: No tint below AS1 on windshield; 35% net VLT on front side window; no restrictions on rear side window or rear windshield.
  • Limousines: No tint below AS1 on windshield; Factory tint only on front side window, no restrictions on rear side window or rear windshield.
  • Commercial Vehicles: No tint below AS1 on windshield; 70% net VLT on front sides; no restrictions on rear side window or rear windshield.
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North Carolina Window Tint Laws:

NC Window Tint Legal Limit

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Tinting Restriction Definitions

VLT (Visible Light Transmission): This refers to the percentage of visible light that can pass through the window of your car. North Carolina State law requires a VLT of at least 35% on all vehicle front windows and car/sedan rear windows. SUVs, Vans, and Trucks, can all have any VLT on their rear windows.

AS-1 Windshield Tinting: The AS-1 line is located on the top edge of your windshield. This line represents the lowest you are legally allowed to tint your windshield with non-transparent window film. Above this line you are free to use any darkness of tint.
Restricted Colors: In North Carolina, it is not legal to tint your vehicle with the colors Red, Amber, or Yellow. These colors are restricted on all windows.

Reflectivity: Reflective window tint is allowed in North Carolina but must be limited to 20% on all windows. This includes the front and rear windows on all vehicle types.

Medical Exemption: If you have a particular medical issue that requires limiting sunlight more than what is legally allowed, medical exemptions may be granted for temporary or permanent relief of particular window tinting laws.
Sticker Required: No sticker is required to identify legal VLT % in the state of North Carolina. These are generally stickers placed between the window tint and the window itself. They display the percentage of VLT for easy determination of legal limits.

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