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Old 12-20-2007, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I am moving to NC from out of state come February, to Raleigh specifically. I have window tint on all my windows (except windshield of course). It is illegal in my state to have it on the front two side windows, but you can have anything you want on the back. So I have 35% on the front two side windows and 20% on the back 3 windows.

I read that NC allows you tint on all 5 windows, however it cannot be darker than 35%. Since my back windows are darker, I want to know what experience others have had in NC with tint. Do they actually check the percentage when you get your vehicle inspected? Any trouble with the law? I just want to know if I should get it changed or not worry about it.

Thanks!

Jesse
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:32 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Yes you will be ticketed if pulled over and the officer does a light test on the windows and it fails the light test.Or fail an inspection for not having correct window tint within the law.

For details on what the law states go to the NCDOT website here http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/vehicle_ser...n/tinting.html
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:39 PM
 
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Yup, what SunnyKayak said . And it will also need to pass inspection down here. The link Sunny gave ya will explain everything .
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Thanks, I know it is illegal, I was more interested in if it is enforced. I know where I am, I have had it illegally on every vehicle I have owned for the past 7 years and only had once officer say something about it maybe 3 years ago. They just don't seem to care much.
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:50 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Yes that is what I implied in my post If your tint does not meet the guidelines in that link; you will be ticketed with the right officer and you will not pass inspection as I stated. If the car is not inspected within the allowable time the state will pull your tags.
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:23 PM
 
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Inspection stations also have the test meters to check the amount of light you tint passes. It also costs $10 in addition to the normal inspection fee to check your tint.
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Earth
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You know I've always wondered why they charge an extra $10 if you have tinted windows....????????? Anyone know?
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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You know I've always wondered why they charge an extra $10 if you have tinted windows....????????? Anyone know?
It's my understanding the fee is to cover the additional cost (labor & equipment) of testing the legality of consumer-applied tints. OEM tinted windows are exempt from testing.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:23 PM
 
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you can still get it inspected if you know the right people... i got 20% all the way around and its been up there since 03
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:32 PM
 
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you can still get it inspected if you know the right people... i got 20% all the way around and its been up there since 03
Yep, I've used such sources in the past, and it seems they all get busted sooner or later and that guy will probably loose his certification, and with the fact that all inspections are now tracked online you better keep your razor blade scrapper handy.

And I bet ya that no newcomer knows any good 'ol boy that will give them an inspection sticker.
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