Pennsylvania Window Tinting Laws

Car window tinting laws in Pennsylvania were enacted in 1999. 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 Pennsylvania so make sure you read all about it below.

Window tint darkness in Pennsylvania

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

Tint darkness for sedans:

  • Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in*, any darkness on top 3 inches.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 70% of light in. *
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 70% of light in. *
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 70% of light in. *

Tint darkness for SUV and vans:

  • Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in*, any darkness on top 3 inches.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 70% of light in. *
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
  • Rear Window: Any darkness can be used.

* Law forbids sun screening and other material which "does not permit a person to see or view the inside of the vehicle" (source), but exact VLT % is not specified. Most law enforcement officers will not cite you for 70%, but they technically can. Tinting businesses will typically recommend 70% and let you assume the risk.

Window tint reflection in Pennsylvania

Window tint can reflect incoming light and reduce glare and heat. Pennsylvania 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 mirrored or metallic appearance.
  • Back Side windows: No mirrored or metallic appearance.

Tint reflection for SUV and vans:

  • Front Side windows: No mirrored or metallic appearance.
  • Back Side windows: No mirrored or metallic appearance.

Other Pennsylvania window tint rules and regulations:

Pennsylvania 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: Film manufacturers are not required to certify the film they sell in Pennsylvania.
  • Stickers: Sticker to identify legal tinting is required in this state.
  • Medical Exceptions: Pennsylvania allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
Keep in mind that Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania was last updated in 2016 and 2017. Tinting laws in Pennsylvania were enacted in 1999. 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 Pennsylvania Info


Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a US state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, and the Great Lakes region. The state borders Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and Ontario, Canada to the northwest, New York to the north and New Jersey to the east. Pennsylvania is the 33rd most extensive, the 6th most populous, and the 9th most densely populated of the 50 United States. The state's four most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie.

Capital: Harrisburg

Population: 12,763,536

Area: 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km2)

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Tint law references:

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Vehicle Window Tint Fact Sheet (.pdf file)

Pennsylvania Code Title 75 - VEHICLES, ยง 4524

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