What is the law for window tinting in NC? North Carolina

NC Auto Tinting Safety Laws

In North Carolina, you are allowed to apply aftermarket window tinting. During the inspection at vehicle registration, the NC DMV will look at your tinted windows with a photometer.
The requirements included in the tint laws are as follows:

  • There must be at least 35% visible light transmission in the car tint (32% is acceptable during inspection).
  • Windshield tinting must measure at least 32% of visible light and the window tint must be only at the top, at a maximum of five inches or to the AS1 line.
  • The DMV charges an extra fee on top of the regular inspection fee to make sure your windows comply with tint law and safety law.

Exceptions to the Tint Law

Those with a medical condition, like sensitivity to the sun, may apply for an exception. To get this exception:

  1. Get a Drivers Medical Evaluation form from the DMV office.
  2. Have your doctor fill out the form.
  3. Once you receive it, attach the sticker to the back window, and carry your permit with you.
Once you get the exception permit approved, it will be good for five years. The DMV might only give you a shorter time period, and will ask you to get a new exam after it expires.

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