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Old 06-02-2011, 07:48 AM
 
Location: VA soon to be NC
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I was wondering if tinted windows were legal in the state. Im talking about driver side not back seats /windows. What about MD?
In FL/Ga where Im from they didnt really enforce this.

thanks.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Virginia Window Tint Law | TintCenter Window Tinting
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:54 AM
 
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Tinting is legal in VA so long as it does not exceed 20% reflectivity. The controlling state law is 46.2-1052. You won't find many tint-traps set up along the side of the road, but if you are stopped for any other reason and the tint looks to the officer to be too dark, you may have some issue over it arise. If a wave of tint-madness should start to sweep local high schools, you can expect police to launch a "crackdown". First violation is a Class-3 misdemeanor. No points on your record.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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saganista - you may be thinking of Maryland with the 20% rule. In VA, it is 50% for front seat windows, 35% for rear seat and rear window.

For those who don't know, the % refers to the amount of light passing through the window. So 50% is very, very light tint, almost unnoticeable. 35% is medium, and 20% is pretty dark tint. Limos with black windows have like 5-10% tint.

Also, FYI, in DC all tint is illegal (for those with DC registered cars) unless you have a medical exemption. You can't pass DC inspection if you have any window tint at all.

EDIT - I just checked the first link and I see that both saganista and I were right - I was talking about light passing through and saganista was talking about light reflected from. For the most part, though, all an officer sees and tests is how dark the tint is. So the 50%/35% rule is the one to be most concerned about.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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I wish VA would allow darker tint. :-(
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:16 PM
 
Location: VA soon to be NC
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I see blatant violations of it all the time..Yes 50% is not much but better than nothing. thanks!
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Interesting how this state is supposedly politically conservative and yet they regulate the heck out of everything. I thought right wingers believed in personal liberty.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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Only in NOVA would window tinting become politicized...
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I have very dark windows on my truck and once was stopped for using the HOV lane. My husband wad driving and I was in the back seat with our son. The officer stopped us because he could not tell others were on board. I have an eye condition that allows for shading and he saw that on our registration. Once he saw that, he let us go. This was on the toll road near Reston.
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