Hey there, fellow Alabamian! Thinking about jazzing up your ride with some window tint? Before you head to the store or workshop, you gotta know the rules. Alabama's been playing this tint game since 1996, and trust me, you don't want to be on the wrong side of the law.
How Dark Can You Go?
First up, let's talk about that ever-important term: VLT (Visible Light Transmission). Basically, VLT measures how much light your windows let in. And here in Alabama, there are specifics based on your car type.
- Windshield: You can have non-reflective tint, but only on the top 6 inches.
- Front Side & Back Side Windows: More than 32% light should pass through these.
- Rear Window: Again, more than 32% light needs to come in.
For those rockin' SUVs and Vans:
- Windshield: Same deal—non-reflective tint on the top 6 inches.
- Front Side Windows: Over 32% of light should get in.
- Back Side & Rear Windows: Go wild! Any darkness level is cool.
Shiny and Reflective - But How Much?
There's more than just darkness to consider. Reflection matters, especially if you're aiming for that sleek mirrored look. But remember, your window tint shouldn't turn your car into a mirror maze.
For Sedans & SUVs/Vans alike:
- Front & Back Side Windows: Reflection shouldn't exceed 20%.
The Other Must-Knows
Alabama has a few more rules up its sleeve. Check 'em out:
- Side Mirrors: All good. No restrictions here.
- Colors: Feeling funky? All tint colors are fair game in Alabama.
- Certificates: Ensure your tint manufacturer's film is certified in the state. Ask your dealer if they've got the goods.
- Stickers: Legal tinting needs a sticker of compliance between the film & glass on tinted windows.
- Medical Exceptions: Special tint for medical reasons? It's a thing. For specifics, give the AL state law a glance.
- Penalties: Uh-oh, didn't follow the rules? First-time oopsies can lead to a $100 fine and/or 10 days behind bars. A repeat mistake within a year hikes that to $200 and/or a month in jail. Thrice or more? You're looking at $500 and/or up to 3 months in the slammer.
Lastly, always remember: Different counties might interpret these rules slightly differently. Do yourself a favor and double-check with your local DMV or law enforcement.
Got the Latest Info?
Last time we hit refresh on this was in 2023. These rules started back in 1996, and while they've held up, always keep an eye out for updates. Spot something off? Holler at us so we can get it right.
Thanks for hanging out, and remember, stay tinted (within the law) and stay cool! 😉