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Alabama Tint Law – A Brief Guide For Car Tinting

On August 15, 1996, the government of Alabama introduced the Alabama car tinting law.  It was meant to regulate the tinting of car windows in the state, and all the cars registered in this state must adhere strictly to the Alabama tint law for car window, shield & side mirror.

In this guide, we’ve gathered all the necessary info, and here’s all you need to know regarding car window tint if you stay in Alabama. There are some other Alabama window tinting laws which we have also provided, so make sure you read to the end.

What Does the Automobile Tint Law In Alabama Say about VLT?

Visible Light Transmission (VLT) is the amount or percentage of light allowed to pass through the window of a vehicle by the film of its window tint, with each state having its allowable legal limit. The percentage of light permitted to pass through the window of every registered vehicle is specific to Alabama State, with multipurpose vehicles and passenger vehicles having different VLTs.

The higher the VLT, the higher the amount of light that will pass through the film of the window tint, and vice versa.

For example, a 50% tint will only allow 50% light to pass through it, while a 10% tint will allow only 10% of light to pass through it.

Having a tint meter handy would make it easy to measure.

Overview of Alabama Window Tinting Law

The Alabama tint law includes how dark or how reflective your car window tint should be in the state.

Station Wagon and Passenger Cars

  • Only six inches of the upper part of the front windshield can be tinted. The window tinting material used must be transparent.
  • All the other windows (rear and side) can have tinting that allows a minimum light transmission of 32% with a tolerance of 3%.
  • The reflective material used should reflect a maximum light of 20%.

Recreational & Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles

Front seat windows and front windshield are subject to the same restrictions as station wagons and passenger cars (they may have only had six inches of tint on the upper part, and the tinting materials must be transparent).

Windows behind the driver are permitted to use darker tinting as instructed by the vehicles’ manufacturer by Federal Law.

Outside rearview mirrors are required on each side of the car, once the darker tinting is installed.

Classification of the vehicle is decided by its manufacturer.

What is The Legal Tint in Alabama By Car Types?

Window Tint Darkness for Vehicles in Alabama.

The is the amount of light permitted to pass through the glass and window tint of vehicles in the state of Alabama.

Tint darkness for Sedan Vehicles:

  • Windshield – Dark tint is allowed to cover 6inches from the upper part of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows – The tint must allow a minimum of 32% light.
  • Back Side Windows – The tint must allow a minimum of 32% light.
  • Rear Windows – The tint must allow a minimum of 32% light.

Tint darkness for Vans & SUV:

  • Windshield – Dark tint is allowed to cover 6inches from the upper part of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows – The tint must allow a minimum of 32% light.
  • Back Side Windows – Tints are used as allowed by the car manufacturer.
  • Rear Windows – Tints are used as allowed by the car manufacturer.

Window Tint Reflection for Vehicles in Alabama

The window tint can reflect light and reduce the heat and glare. The Alabama tint law permits a certain amount of light reflection when using tint

Tint reflection for Sedan Vehicles:

  • Front Side Windows – The tint must allow a maximum of 20% light reflection.
  • Back Side Windows – The tint must allow a maximum of 20% light reflection.

Tint reflection for Vans & SUV:

  • Front Side Windows – The tint must allow a maximum of 20% light reflection.
  • Back Side Windows – The tint must allow a maximum of 20% light reflection.

Other Alabama Car Window Tint Laws

There are a few other rules that you need to know concerning car window tinting in the state of Alabama. Some of them include:

Side Mirrors – There is no restriction on the use of side mirrors in Alabama.

Tint Colors – All tint colours are permitted for use in Alabama.

Stickers – All newly tinted vehicles and those with existing tinting in the state of Alabama must display a label or sticker of compliance.

Certificate Requirements – All film manufacturers in the state of Alabama are required to certify the authenticity of every film they sell. Ensure you ask your tint installer if what they are using for you is a certified film.

Penalties – Anyone found breaching this law will pay a maximum sum of $100 and/or face a 10 days imprisonment for the first conviction. $200 maximum and/or 30 days imprisonment for second conviction with a year and third conviction within a year will pay $500 and/or up-to 3 months imprisonment.

Medical allowance – The Alabama window tinting law permits medical exemption to use special tint. Consult your state law for more details on the terms and requirements for special window tinting.

How To Get Medical Exemption For Window Tint in Alabama

Alabama state car window tint law permits vehicle owners or passengers that drive regularly with the car owner to apply for window tint medical exemptions.

You are required to provide a written statement or an official letter from a licensed physician in the state to file for the window tint medical exemption in Alabama.

If you’re granted the medical exemption for whatever medical reasons, you must display the medical exemption decal on your windshield. There’s a unique identification number on the decal that will be used by law enforcers to verify the originality of your exemption.

Note that you will have to pay a fee for the medical exemption decal once it’s issued to you.

Who can apply?

You can apply for the window tint medical exemption if you’ve been diagnosed with Light-Sensitive Porphyria or any other serious eye condition.

How to Get A Medical Exemption For Tinting in Alabama

To apply for the Alabama window tint medical exemption, you will need to contact the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency’s Driver License Division, Medical Records Unit. You can reach them on phone – 334-242-4239 or send a mail to P.O Box 1471 Montgomery, AL 36102.

 

Alabama Automobile Tinting Regulations Reference

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

 

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