Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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Welcome to the IWFA's resource for press releases issued by the organization, coverage generated in a variety of media publications, the comprehensive state law chart'swhere you can find information regarding local regulation for vehicle window tints, and the IWFA's own blog - as written by executive director Darrell Smith and legislation impacting the industry overall.

Please click on any of the topics in the menu on the left side of your screen to explore each more in depth.

Press Releases

Washington Senate Bill 5581 - June 1, 2009

Subject: Senate Bill 5581

Senate Bill 5581, relating to sunscreening devices, has passed the Washington Legislature and was signed by the Governor on April 20, 2009.

This legislation is an extremely important initiative for the industry and consumers within the state as the previous statutory provisions resulted in confusion by law enforcement, installers, and customers. The new law, which will go into effect on July 26, 2009, will clarify the statutory provisions and define in a very clear and concise manner the legal limits in Washington. 

Virginia Statutory Clarification - July 1, 2009

Virginia Medical Exemption

During the month of June 2009, a call was received from a member of IWFA regarding the appropriate sun-shading allowances for medical waivers on v vehicle front windshields in Virginia. Discussions with the State Police i indicated that the law is very clear regarding the medical waiver for the front windshield. Section 46.2-1053 of the Code of Virginia specifies that “Such sun-shading or tinting film shall not cause the total light transmittance to be reduced to any level less than seventy percent except for the upper five inches of such windshield or the AS-1 line.” 

Ohio Legislative Alert 2-23-13

SENATE BILL 114 - February 23, 2013

This legislation has been developed over the last several years (introduced in March 2011) to address a number of key issues relative to specialized motor vehicles.  These types of vehicles include low-speed, motor scooters, mini-trucks, and motorcycles. 

Florida Alert on Hurricane Protection


On October 5, 2009, several representatives from the International Window Film Association and the AIMCAL-Window Film Committee met for a second time with members of the Economic Crimes Division of the Florida Attorney General’s Office to review (1) both new and prior concerns over the accuracy and use of certain statements made by members of our industry about the level of protection afforded by the use of safety and security window films during hurricanes and (2) steps already taken and proposed by both groups to address these concerns. The officials expressed their sincere appreciation for our industry’s proactiveness in these matters and for providing them with accurate information about the very real protection our industry’s products can provide in hurricanes and other storm events. 

Model Law

Suggested Model Legislation for Automotive Window Tinting

Model legislation that is applicable to each and every jurisdiction is not possible because most jurisdictions amend existing safety or glazing statutes to restrict window film. Generally, the law that sets the standard for window film also specifies the restriction for signs, decals, and stickers. 

Automotive Window Tinting Law Charts

Explanation of the State Law Summary Chart


Canada Window Tinting Law Chart

Illinois Tint Law Certificate

New Mexico Alert on Enforcement

US State Law Chart

Texas Window Tinting Standards (Addendum)

New Law for Big Rig Truckers (Press Release)

The summary chart of state aftermarket tint law information is not a legal document.It is the result of independent research, using several sources of public state documents. Window tinting laws vary from state to state and province to province. Before applying any window tinting materials, installers should thoroughly review the appropriate state regulations as well as local enforcement policies to insure compliance with all applicable standards.

FilmVLT%: Refers to the film itself 

Net VLT%:  Refers to the combined film & glass

Vague: The language of the law is unclear, legislative intent is unclear, or interpretation is uncertain.

Windshield: Presumably, NR tinting is permitted above the AS-1 line. If the law specifies only the AS-1 line, AS-1 appears. If AS-1 or specified inches appears, the AS-1 is assumed and only the number of inches down appears.(Note: NR is used in lieu of “No, Any, or a specific percentage” when the law permits unspecified “nonobstructive” or “Transparent” tinting materials. In these cases, the legality of tinting inevitably depends upon each officer’s discretion.

Front Sides: No film, or the actual percentage of VLT permitted. (Note: Because they may vary from state to state, manufacturer’s tolerances (i.e. + / - 3% VLT) are not listed on this chart, not are they included in these VLT numbers.)

MPV: Multi Purpose Vehicle, a vehicle with motive power, except a trailer, designed to carry ten people or less that is constructed either on a truck chassis or has special features for occasional off-road operation.

Back Sides: No film, or the actual percentage of VLT permitted.

Rear: No film, or the actual percentage of VLT permitted.

% of Reflectivity: NR No metallic or mirrored appearance

NE: Not excessive (not specific)

MNIR: Must not increase reflectivity

MBNR: Must be non-reflective (not specific)

NMMA: No metallic or mirrored appearance&l

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