Australian Capital Territory Window Tint Laws

Australia window tint laws are different in certain territories and states.

This article provides all relevant information about window tinting laws in Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

ACT window tint laws overview:

  • Windshield: No tint allowed except uppermost 10% of the windshield.
  • Front side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Back side windows: Must have more than 20% VLT.
  • Rear window: Must have more than 20% VLT.

In ACT windshield may have a strip of tint with any light transmission level applied only on the top 10% of the windscreen, or the area above the highest point of the windshield that is swept by a windscreen wiper.

ACT law clearly states no other coating or tinting is permitted on windscreens which reduces light transmission.

This means that installing fully transparent UV overlay is legal.

Side windows to the immediate left and right of the driver, side windows back of the driver, and rear window (rear windshield) can all have 20% VLT or more.

Australian Capital Territory tint laws (image credit: ACT Government)

Other ACT tint laws:

  • Windows behind the driver have no darkness limit in case of bus, stretch limousine, ambulance or hearse.
  • Trucks, vans, utility vehicles, or other similar vehicles designed to carry goods and where vehicle construction reduces the need to see through the rear window while driving have no VLT limits for tinting windows behind driver.
  • Tint reflection must not exceed 10% and may not have bubbling or other distortions.
  • Factory-made windshields may have up to 70% VLT.
  • Any windows within the vehicle must have at least 70% VLT.

ACT Window Tint Source

Access Canberra – Motor vehicle windscreen and window tinting requirements and standards.

Our information about Australia tint laws was last updated in 2024.

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Car window tint laws in Australia

Each AU state or territory has its own rules and regulations, and violating vehicle equipment laws may get you in trouble when visiting other parts of the country.

See our main Australia Window Tint Laws page for an overview of car tinting laws for all territories and states and to find out if Australian Capital Territory Window Tint Laws are legal in other parts of Australia.

More AU tint laws info

  • AU Vehicle Design Codes – see AU vehicle classification to learn if you can tint below limits.
  • Jurisdictions – learn which state or territory laws apply to you.
  • Penalties – fines and other penalties for violating vehicle equipment laws in Australia.
  • Factory Tint – some car windows are already tinted, find out if yours are.

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