Arizona Car Window Tint Laws (Updated)

Car window tinting is a good way to get privacy, avoid harmful UV rays, and keep your car cool.  If you live in Arizona, darkened windows might be a lifesaver, but there are rules for tinting car windows you need to know about.

Quick Answer

In Arizona, the front windshield can be tinted with a non-reflective tint above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.  The front side windows must allow more than 33% of light in, while the back side and rear windows can be any level of darkness.  The window tint reflectiveness must not be more than 35% reflective.

That’s the basic version, now let’s take a deeper look into Arizona’s window tinting laws and requirements, and answer any questions you might have.

Window Tinting in Arizona – What Does The Law Say?

Arizona’s sunny climate, especially in places like Yuma, means that exposure to Ultraviolet rays, glare, and excessive heat is a major health threat.  Window tinting can reduce those threats and make your car safer.

Can Car Windows Be Tinted in Arizona?

Arizona’s car window tinting laws are necessary to prevent an from accident happening, for example, from windows that are too dark.  However, there are other requirements besides how dark or reflective you can make the windows.

Dual side mirrors are needed to tint your rear window: If you want your rear window tinted, you need a rear-view mirror on both sides of the car.  This helps to cover any blind spot you might have because of a tinted window.

The tint makers don’t need a certificate or identifying sticker: Arizona doesn’t require the makers of tinting film to certify the film that they sell.  Tint makers also don’t need to put a sticker on the window for identification purposes, but you might avoid a lot of trouble if you get both.

What Windows Can Be Tinted in Arizona?

Car windows tend to be put into four categories: the front windshield, the front side windows, the back side windows, and the rear window or rear windshield.  Let’s break things down by each section.

Front Windshield: In Arizona, a non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.  This is usually marked by a small etching around five to six inches from the top of the windshield, or about the same point where the sun visor ends.  Emphasis on “usually.”  If you can’t find it, assume that it’s there.

Rear Window: If you want to tint your rear window, your car must have a rear-view mirror on both sides.  With that said, any shade of darkness can be used on the rear window.  This goes for sedans as well as vans and SUVs.  The tint also can’t be more than 35% reflective.

Front Side Windows: The front side windows, that is the driver’s side and front passenger’s side windows, must allow more than 33% of light into the car.  The rule applies to all types of cars and vans.  A tint must not be above 35% reflective to avoid distracting other drivers.

Back Side Windows: Tinting laws for the back side windows are the same as for the rear window.  Any level of darkness can be used for tinting, and the tint can’t be above 35% reflective.

Restricted Colors: To prevent confusion with emergency vehicles, you can’t tint your car certain colors.   Amber and red are the only off-limit colors in Arizona.

Arizona Window Tint Law Medical Exemption

It’s possible to get a medical exemption from any tinting restrictions if you have a skin or eye condition that makes driving with a normal tint too difficult.  You can get an exemption by going to Arizona’s Department of Transportation and printing out a certain form.

You’ll need your doctor to fill out part of the application: The bottom part of the form has a place where your doctor, ophthalmologist, or dermatologist confirms you have a condition that needs a medical exemption.  The doctor must also send a letter stating your condition to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The exemption doesn’t include the front windshield: Since you need to see out of the windshield to drive, it’s not included in the medical exceptions.  A darkened windshield is harder to see through, so it’s common sense.

Your case will be seen by the Arizona DoT Medical Review Program: Once your case is approved by the review program, you can take the approved form to the tint makers.  It’s a good idea to keep the form in the car afterward.

Frequently Asked Questions About Arizona Car Window Tinting Laws

Tinting your car windows in Arizona is more than just finding out about the laws.  Here are answers to some other questions that might come up about tinting your car.

What Does VLT Mean According to Arizona State Law?

Visible light transmission, or VLT for short, is the legal term for how much light passes through something.  It’s measured in percent, as in 33% VLT, with less light passing through something represented by a lower percent.  In other words, 100% VLT means that all light is passing through without any tint.  0% VLT is a completely dark tint and nobody can see through it.

How Much Does Car Window Tinting Cost in Arizona?

The price of tinting depends on two factors: what kind of tint you’re getting, and what type of vehicle you’re putting the tint on.  For example, a basic tint on a regular sedan-type car would cost two to three hundred dollars.  The same tint on an SUV would be more into the five-hundred-dollar range.

How Dark Can Your Windows Be in Arizona? 

The rear and back side windows can be any level of tinting, but you need a mirror on both sides of the car if you want to tint the rear windows.  The front side windows can be tinted above 33% VLT, and the front windshield can have a non-reflective tint down to the AS-1 mark.

Is Reflective or Colored Tint Legal in Arizona?

Reflective tints are legal in Arizona on every window except the front windshield, which must be non-reflective.  The reflectivity shouldn’t be more than 35% for any of them.  Colored tints are also legal, but two colors are considered illegal.  You can’t use amber- or red-colored tints.

Can You Get a Ticket for Tinted Windows in Arizona?

Yes.  The police will stop you if they believe your car window tint is breaking the law.  They have a kind of meter that measures the VLT, or how much light is getting through, and they will give you a ticket if it’s too dark, for example.   From there you’ll probably have to go back to the car shop and get it lightened or removed.

Wrap Up

Different tinting rules can cause some confusion if you’re crossing state lines where the tinting laws are different from yours.  You should be okay as long as you’re following the laws of the state your car is registered in.

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