How much are you allowed to tint your window? How much are you allowed to do anything in your car? window tinting laws are crucial. People tend to think that some states have laws regarding window tinting so the police can easily see what is inside your car. This is not true, actually, this is very funny. Considering that a police officer can just ask you to step out of your car to check it.
So why do these laws exist? If you pay close attention, window tinting laws are very specific and are different for every type of vehicle. Because window tinting laws exist to prevent accidents. Too much tinting and shading will lead to impairing your vision while driving. You will be able to see other cars just fine because they also have headlights and tail lights. But you may not be able to see a tree or a pole very well. Specially in dark nights.
In our lovely Minnesota, tinting laws are obvious.
Window Tinting laws in Minnesota
Window tinting laws are very specific foe each vehicle type.
For sedans, no windshield tint is allowed. And for Front Side windows, back side windows, and rear windows, the installed tint must allow more than 50% of the light into the vehicle. Which means that you are fine with tints up to 49% of shade.
Tint darkness for SUV and vans are a bit different. As usual, No tint is allowed on the windshield. And also, Front Side windows Must allow more than 50% of light in. Back Side windows, however, can use any level of shading. Any darkness can be used. Same goes for Rear Windows Any darkness level can be used on the rear glass.
Window tint reflection in Minnesota
Some window tints are reflective. These have different laws regarding the percentage of reflection allowed on each window type. As usual, every vehicle type has its own laws.
Window tint can reflect incoming light and reduce glare and heat. Minnesota window tint law permits a certain window reflection when using a tint so make sure you pay attention to this as well.
Starting off with Tint reflection for sedans. Front Side windows can use reflective tints within a certain limit. The tint Must not be more than 20% reflective. same goes for back side windows, they also Must not be more than 20% reflective.
For SUV and vans, the Front Side windows Must not be more than 20% reflective. Also Back Side windows Must not be more than 20% reflective.
Note that reflective tint is not allowed on the windshield of any vehicle type.
Other things to consider is that window tint colors are not restricted in Minnesota. So feel free to install a different color tint such as red, yellow, or purple. Also all the numbers mentioned above are subject to a 3% variance. Meaning that having a 23% reflective tint instead of 20% is still fine, so don’t worry as long as you are close to the limit.