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I tint windows for a living and I have all my windows tinted. I have ceramic 35% all around and 80% on the windshield. During the summer I turn down the AC because it gets too cold. I'm going to retint everything with Suntek CXP. I have had police and sheriffs that came and tinted their car 20% all around and 80% on the windshield. When I ask them about the tint laws they don't mind it as long as they can see who is driving inside. So if you get 5% or 20% on the front windows they will probably want to stop you. Or if they stop you for some bs reason they will want to issue you a ticket for something and that would most likely be a tint ticket.
 

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I tint windows for a living and I have all my windows tinted. I have ceramic 35% all around and 80% on the windshield. During the summer I turn down the AC because it gets too cold. I'm going to retint everything with Suntek CXP. I have had police and sheriffs that came and tinted their car 20% all around and 80% on the windshield. When I ask them about the tint laws they don't mind it as long as they can see who is driving inside. So if you get 5% or 20% on the front windows they will probably want to stop you. Or if they stop you for some bs reason they will want to issue you a ticket for something and that would most likely be a tint ticket.
I want to add a bit to this. It's going to be up to the cops discretion as well. Legally in Connecticut it's 35 in the front and either 20 in the rear or as dark as you want. Some cops don't care how dark it is ass long as they can read your license through the window if you hold it up
 

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Just a heads up in NY, yes you can have the back window as dark as you want buttt.... Having a sticker on the back window is a violation. Depending the officers mood tint is technically a big sticker and can write you for it.
 

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Virginia "allows" 35% all around also because the inside of your car is still visible. The only way you'll get pulled over for that is by some ******* cop dieing for brownie points. Most tint shops who only do legal tint will do 35%
Sorry this is incorrect. Front is 50% rear is 35% however per code you are allowed a minus 7% tolerance. It is a primary offense which means you can be pulled over for it and there is no such thing as "brownie points". You watch too much TV... Some officers are big traffic guys and look for anything to stop a car and others aren't. It really depends on who you're dealing with.

A shop can actually be charged for installing illegal tint if it can be traced back to them. So if a shop does install anything less than what's legal they usually won't give you a receipt or anything in writing showing that they installed it.
 

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I agree with most people here, it all depends on which cop pulls you over.
In utah its 43% Front and 5% back
I had a friend with 5% all the wway around and 60% in his front windshield and was never pulled over once.
I had legal tint on my Mazda and a police officer told me it was to dark and tested it.
 

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California: (Has been mentioned many times but, I shall add more!

The law is:
Rear windows, anything goes.
Front Windows, Nothing at all because California sucks.
Windshield, only a top strip. AKA, Sun visor.

A buddy of mine is a cop and before tinting, I asked him about the likelihood of me getting pulled over. He told me that the majority of cops out there have bigger and better things to do than to pull over people for front tint. He also stated that I will only have a problem when I give them a reason to pull me over (speeding, obnoxious exhaust, etc...) and as long as you have your front plates and you don't have Limo all the way around the car, then you will be fine.
 

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Does anyone know a good place to get headlights tinted in California...??
Kits are pretty cheap! This is something I'd tackle yourself.. Could be a wonderful 10-20 dollar lesson! Or, a waste of a couple beers.. But it's pretty easy to do IMO!


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I do 5% all the way around and 50% on the windshield. I've been pulled over twice for it and ticketed once, I live in AZ.

All I do is take the blank work order form I have from a friend's shop, fill in my vin and receipt of tint removal and 35% addition and take it down to the court to get it wiped. The funny part was I went down to the court house in the same car with the same tint, they don't ask to see it.

In Arizona anything less than limo is hell
 

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I'm posting this to help others decide how dark they want to go.

I'm a cop. Most of us use window tint as probable cause to stop a vehicle. Just because you are stopped doesn't mean you are getting a ticket. Most of us are looking for "real" crimes i.e. Drug use, Driving Under Suspension, DUI/OVI, etc.

If you are polite, roll your damn window down so we can see you if you have tints, and don't have any other violations going on, you are likely to get a warning. The biggest thing is being polite (and not having a bad driving record).

Obviously we're not all the same and some cops are simply ticket Nazi's but the majority of us are just normal people that are trying to get off work so we can enjoy our other hobbies. Don't make us nervous by being angry your got stopped, or not rolling your window down. When I can't see your hands the only thought in my mind is "when is he pulling the gun". Treat any human being with respect, and chances are you'll get some back. But play stupid games and/or have stupid excuses and you win stupid prizes.

Long story short, if you have illegal tint, expect to get pulled over so don't do anything else stupid like drive drunk and you more than likely won't get a ticket.

And we're not stupid either, we know that most car culture people aren't criminals and are usually sober (because their money was spent on their ride and they don't have cash for booze and drugs).

Obviously YMMV and cops in your area may be different so take this for what it's worth. IMO, get w/e tint you want, just expect to get pulled over for it.

And FWIW, I have never personally stopped anyone for window tint (or seat belt violations) because I think they are dumb laws. Sorry this is so long. End rant.
 

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I'm posting this to help others decide how dark they want to go.

I'm a cop. Most of us use window tint as probable cause to stop a vehicle. Just because you are stopped doesn't mean you are getting a ticket. Most of us are looking for "real" crimes i.e. Drug use, Driving Under Suspension, DUI/OVI, etc.

If you are polite, roll your damn window down so we can see you if you have tints, and don't have any other violations going on, you are likely to get a warning. The biggest thing is being polite (and not having a bad driving record).

Obviously we're not all the same and some cops are simply ticket Nazi's but the majority of us are just normal people that are trying to get off work so we can enjoy our other hobbies. Don't make us nervous by being angry your got stopped, or not rolling your window down. When I can't see your hands the only thought in my mind is "when is he pulling the gun". Treat any human being with respect, and chances are you'll get some back. But play stupid games and/or have stupid excuses and you win stupid prizes.

Long story short, if you have illegal tint, expect to get pulled over so don't do anything else stupid like drive drunk and you more than likely won't get a ticket.

And we're not stupid either, we know that most car culture people aren't criminals and are usually sober (because their money was spent on their ride and they don't have cash for booze and drugs).

Obviously YMMV and cops in your area may be different so take this for what it's worth. IMO, get w/e tint you want, just expect to get pulled over for it.

And FWIW, I have never personally stopped anyone for window tint (or seat belt violations) because I think they are dumb laws. Sorry this is so long. End rant.
So don't start by screaming "I KNOW MY RIGHTS!!!"
 

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I'm posting this to help others decide how dark they want to go.

I'm a cop. Most of us use window tint as probable cause to stop a vehicle. Just because you are stopped doesn't mean you are getting a ticket. Most of us are looking for "real" crimes i.e. Drug use, Driving Under Suspension, DUI/OVI, etc.

If you are polite, roll your damn window down so we can see you if you have tints, and don't have any other violations going on, you are likely to get a warning. The biggest thing is being polite (and not having a bad driving record).

Obviously we're not all the same and some cops are simply ticket Nazi's but the majority of us are just normal people that are trying to get off work so we can enjoy our other hobbies. Don't make us nervous by being angry your got stopped, or not rolling your window down. When I can't see your hands the only thought in my mind is "when is he pulling the gun". Treat any human being with respect, and chances are you'll get some back. But play stupid games and/or have stupid excuses and you win stupid prizes.

Long story short, if you have illegal tint, expect to get pulled over so don't do anything else stupid like drive drunk and you more than likely won't get a ticket.

And we're not stupid either, we know that most car culture people aren't criminals and are usually sober (because their money was spent on their ride and they don't have cash for booze and drugs).

Obviously YMMV and cops in your area may be different so take this for what it's worth. IMO, get w/e tint you want, just expect to get pulled over for it.

And FWIW, I have never personally stopped anyone for window tint (or seat belt violations) because I think they are dumb laws. Sorry this is so long. End rant.
This is perfect

Motorcycle cops too are the ticket nazis....at least on my area :p
But well said

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Haha yes, yelling "I know my rights" is a great idea. Chances are you actually don't know your rights as well as you think you do.

And you are generally correct about motorcycle cops. Most motorcycle cops are traffic enforcement units only. They don't respond to most calls unless absolutely necessary so their purpose is traffic enforcement. The only way they show their productivity is esentially from writing tickets so they will be more likely to write you for tint.

And here's a free tip. Go on a ride along in the area where you drive the most. #1 You'll probably have fun. #2 You now know a cop so the next time you get pulled over, ask how Officer X is doing. They will ask if you know him and you can say you did a ride along with them. Might get you out of a ticket and asking how an officer is doing is way better than saying "my uncle is a cop" or a stupid FOP card. #3 You can find out the things we look for and the reason we do the things we do. Also the spots where we sit and if cops in your area care about window tint or if they even have tint meters.

This probably won't work in a big city however because not all cops are going to know each other.

And to keep it relevant, I'm getting 35% all the way around which is technically not legal in Ohio which is 50%.

Maybe I should just start a thread on how to interact when getting pulled over to get out of tickets.
 

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California has very simple tint law. No tint on passenger and driver side windows, and windshield. But people do it anyway. Rear sides can be tinted as dark as you want.
 

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Okay so this might seem like a silly inquiry, but I was hoping to get some feedback from some people. So, my WRX is being delivered to the dealership next week and I am scheduled to get my windows tinted late September. I'm trying to decide what tint I should get. I will say, I'm not necessarily concerned about getting ticketed, because I usually am driving around with my windows down anyways. I have perfect 20/20 vision; so I'm wondering how hard is it to see and drive at night? I don't do a ton of night driving, but it does worry me just a bit that it might be difficult to see. I'm looking at going at least 20%, and possibly down to around 8-12% tint.

I have a motorcycle also, and my bike helmet shield is basically blacked-out. If I had to guess it would be around 10%. I can see just fine out of that riding at night albeit, it's dark. Wondering if any of you all have any feedback you could let me in on.

Many thanks and I'll get some pictures posted up of her in the New User thread once I take delivery
 

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Okay so this might seem like a silly inquiry, but I was hoping to get some feedback from some people. So, my WRX is being delivered to the dealership next week and I am scheduled to get my windows tinted late September. I'm trying to decide what tint I should get. I will say, I'm not necessarily concerned about getting ticketed, because I usually am driving around with my windows down anyways. I have perfect 20/20 vision; so I'm wondering how hard is it to see and drive at night? I don't do a ton of night driving, but it does worry me just a bit that it might be difficult to see. I'm looking at going at least 20%, and possibly down to around 8-12% tint.

I have a motorcycle also, and my bike helmet shield is basically blacked-out. If I had to guess it would be around 10%. I can see just fine out of that riding at night albeit, it's dark. Wondering if any of you all have any feedback you could let me in on.

Many thanks and I'll get some pictures posted up of her in the New User thread once I take delivery
Ayy mate! This is a little odd of a spot for this, so you might want to start a thread to keep this uniform, however since you were nice about it I'll answer for you!

It's hard to see out of at night with poor lighting. I have 15, and it's not terrible.. However my buddy has 5 and has to roll down his windows to see out the back at night backing up.. So it's not impossible, but something you need to think about! And the farther you are away from the window the harder it is to see (hence back window bring hard.. And your motor cycle not being hard) but 15% is perfect to me


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