Australia window tint laws are different in certain territories and states.
This article provides all relevant information about window tinting laws in Queensland (QLD).
Queensland Window Tint Laws
- Windshield: Only uppermost 10% windshield may be tinted.
- 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 Queensland (QLD) windshields may only have a tinted strip on top, equaling to either 10% of total windshield area, or the portion of the windshield above the reach of windshield wipers, whichever is greater.
Front side windows, back side windows and rear window may have 20% VLT or more if vehicle has two rear view mirrors, or 35% if no mirrors are present.
Goods vehicles can have any tint darkness on windows behind driver.
Other QLD tint laws:
- Reflective or mirror-like tinted film is not permitted above 10% reflectance level.
- Bubbled, damaged, discoloured or otherwise deteriorated film which impacts driver’s vision is not allowed.
- If any side windows or rear window is tinted vehicle must have dual exterior rear view mirrors.
- Factory-made glass on windshields may have up to 75% VLT, or 70% for vehicles built before 1971.
- Tint on vehicle’s interior windows must have over 70% VLT when factory made, and no less than 35% with aftermarket tint.
Queensland tint law sources
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads: Minor Modifications (Vehicle Standards Instruction G19.7) (document current as of Dec 2021; PDF file, 412kb, see page 5).
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – Vehicle standards guidelines and type permits: Non-standard tinting materials on Light Vehicles (see PDF file, 150kb; alternate link).
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.
To learn more about window tint and laws be sure to check some of our articles!
- Tint Darkness Percent Examples – find out how VLT works and how various levels of light transmission look.
- Benefits of Tinting Car Windows – aside from aesthetic reasons there are functional benefits to tinted windows.
- How to Clean Tinted Windows – see how to properly clean tinted windows to preserve foil longevity.