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Keeping It Legal | Understanding Virginia's Window Film and Tint Laws





Keeping It Legal: Understanding Virginia's Window Film and Tint Laws

So you're considering adding a touch of coolness and privacy to your car with window tinting? Great choice! But before you dive in, it's crucial to understand Virginia's window film and tint laws. Getting pulled over for illegal tint can be a hassle, so let's navigate the legalities together.

Virginia Code Section 46.2-1052 lays out the clear guidelines for window tinting:

  • Front Side Windows: The tint must allow at least 50% light transmittance (VLT). This means 50% of the light coming through the window must reach the driver's eyes.

  • Rear Side Windows and Rear Window: These windows can have a darker tint, allowing a minimum of 35% VLT.

  • Windshield: No tint is allowed below the manufacturer's AS-1 line (usually the top 5 inches). Above the AS-1 line, any non-reflective tint is permitted.

  • Beyond the Basics: Additional Points to Remember

  • Reflection: The tint itself cannot be more than 20% reflective on any window.

  • Medical Exemptions: Drivers with a doctor's note stating a medical need for darker tinting may be exempt from certain restrictions.

  • Penalties: Violating Virginia's window tinting laws can lead to fines, tickets, and even vehicle inspection failure.

Commonwealth Window Tinting: Your Trusted Guide

At Commonwealth Window Tinting, we're passionate about helping our customers achieve the perfect look for their vehicles while staying within the legal boundaries. We use high-quality, VLT-compliant films and employ expert installation techniques to ensure your car looks sharp and complies with Virginia's laws.

Here's what we offer:

  • A wide range of VLT-legal tint options to suit your style and needs.

  • Expert advice and guidance on choosing the right tint for your vehicle.

  • Professional installation by experienced technicians.

  • Competitive prices and top-notch customer service.

Don't let the legalities dim your shine! By understanding and following Virginia's window film and tint laws, you can enjoy the benefits of a cool, customized ride without the worry of a ticket.

Ready to roll with confidence? Contact Commonwealth Window Tinting today for a free consultation and let us help you find the perfect legal tint for your car!

Remember, staying informed about the law is key to avoiding unnecessary hassles. By following these guidelines and choosing a reputable tinting company like Commonwealth Window Tinting, you can cruise the Virginia roads in style and peace of mind.

Happy tinting!

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Know Your Limits: The Law on Tinting

Virginia Code Section 46.2-1052 sets the rules:

  • Front Side Windows: Let the sunshine in! These windows must allow 50% or more light transmittance (VLT).

  • Rear Side Windows and Rear Window: Enjoy a bit more shade. These can have a darker tint, but still need at least 35% VLT.

  • Windshield: Keep it clear! No tint is allowed below the manufacturer's AS-1 line (usually the top 5 inches). Above this line, non-reflective tint is acceptable.

Bonus Points:

  • Reflection: Keep it subtle. The tint itself can't be more than 20% reflective on any window.

  • Medical Exemptions: If you have a light sensitivity or other medical condition requiring darker tinting, a doctor's note might be your ticket to legal shade.

Navigating the Medical Exemption Maze:

  1. Consult your doctor: They can assess your condition and determine if window tinting is medically necessary.

  2. Get it in writing: Ask your doctor to complete a Virginia DMV Medical Authorization Form (MV-217), stating your condition and why tinting is necessary for your safety and well-being.

  3. Present your case: Submit the completed form and any relevant medical documentation to the DMV. They'll review your request and issue an authorization permit or denial letter.

Commonwealth Window Tinting: Your Legal Tinting Partner

At Commonwealth Window Tinting, we're Virginia's premier window tinting experts. We offer:

  • VLT-compliant films: We only use high-quality, legal films to ensure your car meets all regulations.

  • Expert consultation: We'll help you choose the perfect tint for your needs and medical requirements, if applicable.

  • Professional installation: Our experienced technicians will install your tint flawlessly, ensuring no legal hiccups.

  • Top-notch customer service: We're committed to helping you achieve the perfect balance of style and legal compliance.

Don't let legal worries dim your shine! With Commonwealth Window Tinting and a bit of medical paperwork (if needed), you can cruise the Virginia roads in comfort and style, all within the law.

Contact us today for a free consultation and let's find the perfect legal tint for your car!

Remember: Always check with your doctor first to see if a medical exemption is right for you. And when it comes to tinting, trust Commonwealth Window Tinting to keep your car cool, legal, and turning heads!

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