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November 2, 2023

Window Film

The Legal Aspects of Car Window Tinting: What You Need To Know

If you live in Minnesota, it is important to know the tinting laws so that you don’t run into any issues. Window tint laws have been around for well over 30 years. Since the laws first came around, they have not been overhauled, but there have been many new window tint products that have come out. There have been things such as nano-ceramic window film, tints with a wide range of varieties and shades, films that can block UV and IR solar energy, and many more. To make sure we stay up to date with the laws in Minnesota, it is important to know what the law says about window tint for your car.




Minnesota is one of the few states where no window tint type is allowed on the front windshield of your car. The only exception to this is if you have a prescription from a doctor saying that you need your windshield tinted. This may be frustrating for some people, but the law is clear-cut. Minnesota cars can have a darkness of up to 50% VLT on every side and the back windshield. 50% VLT is going to be much lighter than what is permitted in a lot of states and really only provides some privacy to those in the car. The window tint can end up being highly effective.


When you get optically clear window film, you can end up cutting the sun’s glare, which will help make driving more safe and pleasant for you. If you end up getting high-quality window tint with any transparency, you can help block 99% of the sun’s dangerous and damaging UV light. This is going to help prevent any fading to the interior and prevent the car's looks from getting ruined.


Larger Vehicles


If you are driving a vehicle bigger than a car, the laws are similar but still a tad different. Minnesota law is going to prohibit your windshield from being tinted on a truck as well as a car. The front side windows of large vehicles are only going to be able to be tinted down to 50% VLT and are only allowed to be 20% reflective at the most. Beyond that, the tint laws that Minnesota has for SUVs, trucks, and vans are going to be pretty permissive. You can have any darkness of window tint on the rear side windows or back windows as long as you have a tint that is not more than 20% reflective.


Other Laws


A great thing to start off with is that all colors of window tint are legal here in Minnesota; you can have yellow, amber, silver, gold, and other colors. This is important because other colors are commonly outlawed in other states. Another thing to note is that there is a three percent variance allowed; this means that if you have a tint up to three percent darker than what is allowed, you will not be issued a citation.


Like most states, if you are a motorist in Minnesota, you can apply for a medical exemption to allow for a darker window tint than you can have under standard laws. Make sure you speak with a doctor first about getting a window tint exemption.

At Elite Tinting and Graphics, we provide high-quality car window tint for drivers who want to protect their vehicles and enhance their appearance. Our team of experts uses only the best products on the market to ensure that your car looks great and stays protected. Get in contact today to start with your window tint project.