Michigan Window Tinting Laws

Car window tinting laws in Michigan were enacted in 2000. We have provided all the necessary information about your car's window tint, including how dark or reflective the tint is allowed in your state. There are also additional car window tinting rules and regulations in Michigan so make sure you read all about it below.

Window tint darkness in Michigan

The percent of visible light allowed through your car windows is called VLT: Visible Light Transmission. The percentage of light allowed through your film and glass in Michigan is very specific and different for sedan cars and SUV cars or vans.

Tint darkness for sedans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Any darkness can be applied 4" inches from the top of the window.
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
  • Rear Window: Any darkness can be used.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Any darkness can be applied 4 inches from the top of the window.
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
  • Rear Window: Any darkness can be used.

Window tint reflection in Michigan

Window tint can reflect incoming light and reduce glare and heat. Michigan window tint law permits a certain window reflection when using a tint so make sure you pay attention to this as well.

Tint reflection for sedans:

  • Front Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.
  • Back Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.
  • Back Side windows: Must not be more than 35% reflective.

Other Michigan window tint rules and regulations:

Michigan does have several other important laws, rules and regulations pertaining to window tinting. They include the following:

  • Side Mirrors: No restrictions.
  • Restricted Colors: No colors of tint are explicitly prohibited in Michigan.
  • Certificates: Manufacturers of film do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.
  • Stickers: No sticker to identify legal tinting is required by law.
  • Medical Exceptions: Michigan allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult Michigan state law.
Keep in mind that Michigan tinting laws and regulations may be interpreted differently in your county or place of residence and we always recommend you double-check our information with your local DMV or law enforcement authorities.
Our information about window tint laws in Michigan was last updated in 2016 and 2017. Tinting laws in Michigan were enacted in 2000. In case any of our info provided is not up to date or correct be sure to contact us so we can fix it. Thanks!

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Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. It's the 9th most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area. Its capital is Lansing, and the largest city is Detroit. Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas, connected by the Mackinac Bridge. While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is economically important due to its status as a tourist destination as well as its abundance of natural resources.

Capital: Lansing

Population: 9,883,360

Area: 96,716 sq mi (250,493 km2)

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Tint law references:

Michigan Vehicle Code section 257.709: Windshields and windows



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