What is the law for window tinting in PA? Pennsylvania

Window Tinting Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania (PA), through its Attorney General’s office, requires that vehicles that are operated in the Keystone State meet visibility standards (i.e. tinting, window tint, car tint) both inside and outside of the vehicle. State troopers and police officers are authorized to uphold safety laws like the tint law, including administering fines and penalties to people who violate the PA window tinting law.

Light transmittance in all vehicles, with or without tinted windows, operated in PA must be greater than 70%. According to PennDOT and as reported at the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s official website:

"No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sun screening device or other material which does not permit a person to see or view the inside of the vehicle through the windshield, side wing or side window of the vehicle."

Drivers can have the tinting on their windows checked during annual inspection. Even if you present your vehicle registration, the inspection station could require you to comply with the PA tint laws before they approve your annual inspection.

Shops that perform auto tinting on windows must adhere to the tint laws. They are not permitted to tint or darken windows below the state standards. If they are aware of the law and they still tint a vehicle’s windows below the state standard, they could receive a $1,000 fine. The violation falls under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

If you think that your windows have been tinted below PA standards, you can contact PA’s Bureau of Consumer Protection office at (800) 441-2555.

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