As temperatures soar in Texas, many car owners may want to tint the windows of their car for a little more protection from the sun, and to keep it just a smidge cooler inside. But how dark can you go with your windows?

Texas Car Tinting Rules

Have you ever seen a cool car with super dark windows and thought to yourself: is that street legal? Maybe you're looking into getting your own windows tinted and have asked yourself if there are even any regulations on widow tinting in Texas?

A quick search through the Texas Department of Safety may have the right answers for you. What you'll find is that almost every window in your car has a different set of rules. Here's a basic rundown:

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  • Only the top 5 inches of the windshield can have tint.
  • Tinting must allow at least 25% of light to pass through (must have a light transmittance of 25% or more).
Window Tinting Laws in Texas

Front Side Windows:

  • Tinting must allow at least 25% of light to pass through.
  • Back Side Windows:
    • Any darkness can be used for the back side windows.
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  • Rear Window:
    • Any darkness can be used for the rear window.
    • If the rear window is tinted, the vehicle must have dual side mirrors.
  • Reflectivity:
    • The tint must not be more than 25% reflective on the front and back side windows.
  • Colors:
    • Red, blue, and amber tint colors are not allowed on windows.

These rules are designed to balance the benefits of window tinting (such as heat reduction and privacy) with the need for visibility and safety on the road. Make sure to comply with these regulations to avoid fines and ensure safe driving conditions. You can find out more here.

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