New Mexico Window Tinting Laws

Car window tinting laws in New Mexico were enacted in 1997. 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 New Mexico so make sure you read all about it below.

Window tint darkness in New Mexico

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 New Mexico is very specific and different for sedan cars and SUV cars or vans.

Tint darkness for sedans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint above the manufacturer's AS-1 line is allowed.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 20% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 20% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 20% of light in.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint above the manufacturer's AS-1 line is allowed.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 20% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
  • Rear Window: Any darkness can be used.

Window tint reflection in New Mexico

Window tint can reflect incoming light and reduce glare and heat. New Mexico 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: No reference to reflectivity in the current law.
  • Back Side windows: No reference to reflectivity in the current law.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: No reference to reflectivity in the current law.
  • Back Side windows: No reference to reflectivity in the current law.

Other New Mexico window tint rules and regulations:

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

  • Side Mirrors: Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
  • Restricted Colors: No colors of tint are explicitly banned.
  • Certificates: Manufacturers of film need to certify the film they sell in the state. Ask your dealer if they are using certified film.
  • Stickers: The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on the driver’s side window.
  • Medical Exceptions: New Mexico allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
Keep in mind that New Mexico 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 New Mexico was last updated in 2016 and 2017. Tinting laws in New Mexico were enacted in 1997. 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!

State of New Mexico Info

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New Mexico is a state located in the southwest and western regions of the United States. New Mexico is also usually considered one of the Mountain States. New Mexico is the 5th most extensive, the 36th most populous, and the 6th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

Capital: Santa Fe

Population: 2,085,538

Area: 121,589 sq mi (315,194 km2)

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Counties in New Mexico: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Harding, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Sandoval, San Juan, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Union, Valencia

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Tint law references:

New Mexico Statutes section 66-3-846.1: Sun screening material on windshields and windows



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