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Understanding Washington State Window Tinting Law

As of January 2009, Washington State Law for window tinting is as follows...
You may tint your vehicle to 24% VLT for the front doors of any SUV. The back half can be any darkness you prefer. As for passenger vehicles, you may tint up to 24% on all windows except the windshield. All windshield tinting can only be tinted to a max of 6" from the top or the as1 mark. The article below is from the Washington State Patrol as of 2009. With this in mind, we do offer an assortment of window film options, and can help guide you to a film that fits your indvidual needs.

Washington State Patrol Window Tint Regulations:
  • Sunscreening devices are products, permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary, which reduce the adverse effects of the sun. RCW 46.37.430
    Materials not permitted
    • Mirror finish products
    • Red, Yellow, Gold, or Black material
    • Brushed or sprayed on material. RCW 46.37.430
  • Sunscreening devices and/or recreational products may not be applied to, or suspended between the driver and the windshield, or to the windows to the immediate right and left of the driver. Recreational products may be applied to other windows only if they do not interfere, by their size and/or position with the driver's ability to see other vehicles, persons, and objects.RCW 46.37.430
  • Must have both left and right side-view mirrors if window tinting is applied, allowing a 200' view to the rear. RCW 46.37.430
  • The maximum level of sunscreening material to be applied to any window, except the windshield, shall have a total reflectance of 35% or less, and a light transmittance of 24% or more. RCW 46.37.430
  • Exemption - Doctor's orders. RCW 46.37.430 A greater degree of sunscreening may be applied to the top 6" of the windshield. RCW 46.37.430

*We carry 25% window film if you want to be right on the legal line. 


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