Hey there! If you're thinking about cruising around Florida with some snazzy window tints, then you're in the right place. Let's dive deep into the nitty-gritty of Florida's car window tinting rules, which, by the way, have been around since 1991. But don’t fret, I’ve got all the current info you need. So, buckle up!
How Dark Can You Go?
Window tinting isn't just about looking cool; it's about how much visible light (VLT) can pass through your car windows. And just so you know, Florida has some pretty specific rules, especially when it comes to sedans versus those bigger SUVs and vans.
For the Sedan Lovers:
Windshield: Stick to a non-reflective tint, and only above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
Front Side Windows: Let in more than 28% light. Yes, you still want to see the outside world!
Back Side & Rear Windows: A little darker here. They should allow more than 15% of light.
All the SUV and Van Enthusiasts Out There:
Windshield: Same deal, non-reflective tint above the AS-1 line.
Front Side Windows: Stay consistent with the sedans. Let in more than 28% light.
Back Side & Rear Windows: You can go darker! Allow more than 6% of light.
And here's a fun fact for you: Florida revamped its window tint laws back in 2015. You might find some outdated info elsewhere, but trust me, I’ve got your back with the latest.
Keep the Glare at Bay
Beyond just the darkness, Florida's also got some rules on how reflective your tint can be. This can help reduce glare and keep things cooler in the car.
Reflective Rules for Sedans:
Front Side Windows: Shine, but not too much. They mustn't reflect more than 25%.
Back Side Windows: A tad shinier. Not reflecting more than 35% is the rule.
Big Car, Bigger Reflection? Not Quite.
Front Side Windows: Stay at 25% reflection or less.
Back Side Windows: Still hanging at 35% max reflection.
Some Extras to Keep in Mind
Florida’s got some added tidbits that you should know:
Mirror, Mirror: If you tint those back windows, you'll need dual side mirrors. Safety first!
Stay Neutral: Sorry, no rainbow tints here. Florida isn’t a fan of colored tint.
Film Certificates: Manufacturers in Florida get a pass and don’t need to certify their tint films.
Tint Stickers: You'll need a sticker inside the driver's door jamb as a nod to your tint’s legality.
Health Exceptions: If you've got a medical condition, Florida might let you slide with special tints. Be sure to check the specifics!
Don’t forget, the interpretation of these laws can vary a bit depending on where you are in Florida. It might be a good idea to double-tap with your local authorities.
The last update on our Florida tint info was in 2023. If you ever find anything off or outdated, give us a shout. We appreciate the help! Safe driving and happy tinting!