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Is it legal to have tinted windows in Florida? 

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2022 | Traffic Violations

Florida isn’t called the “Sunshine State” for no reason. The weather is bright for much of the year and both residents and visitors take full advantage of this. 

However, there are some downsides to the sun’s rays, particularly if you are driving. Many road users opt to try and counter this by installing tinted windows. As well as serving an aesthetic purpose, window tints can also help to reduce the sun’s glare while operating a vehicle. 

Are tinted windows legal in Florida? 

What does the law say? 

Tinted windows are legal in Florida but there are strict regulations largely based on the type of vehicle you own. For instance, the front side windows of sedans must allow more than 20% of light in, and the rear windows must allow for 15%. 

The restrictions on the front windows of SUVs and vans are the same. However, the rearview window must allow more than 6% of light in. 

There are some exceptions to this rule. For instance, if a person has a legitimate medical condition that requires further tinting, a higher tint level may be permitted. 

Why the concern over tinted windows? 

The main reason behind the legislation is to ensure driver safety. Drivers must be able to see the road and any potential hazards at all times, and a window that has been tinted too much can prevent this. 

If your window tints do not meet the regulations required in Florida, then you may be pulled over by law enforcement and issued a ticket. You are entitled to challenge the validity of driving tickets and having legal guidance on your side will give you the best chance of doing this.