South Australia 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 South Australia (SA).

South Australia Window Tint Laws

  • Windshield: Only uppermost 10% of 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 South Australia (SA) 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.

Windscreen must have at least 70% light transmission (factory made), but aftermarket modifications are not allowed.

Front side windows can have 35% VLT, while back side windows and rear window may have 20% VLT or more.

20% light transmission regulation on windows behind driver has been in effect since February 2018.

Other SA tint laws:

  • Reflective or mirror-like tinted film is not permitted above 10% reflectance level.
  • Front windscreen may have 70% VLT in case vehicle was manufactured before 1971.
  • Interior car windows must have over 70% light transmission.
  • “Goods vehicles” such as panel vans can have any tint level on windows behind driver.

SA tint law sources

Government of South Australia, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure – Window Tinting on Vehicles (.pdf file, 346kb; mirror link; last retrieval Jan 2022).

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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