Window Tint Laws in Pennsylvania

People get their windows tinted for a variety of reasons. In addition to providing pleasing aesthetics and minimizing exterior views into the vehicle, a window tint can actually help increase visibility from inside the vehicle. 

However, it is important to understand the window tinting laws of your state so that you do not run afoul of any regulations. To help you with that, here is an explanation of Pennsylvania’s window tint laws.

Visible Light Transmission

Visible light transmission (VLT) is known as the percentage of visible light that can get through your vehicle’s windows. The amount of VLT allowed in Pennsylvania differs between vans, sedan cars, and SUVs. For your convenience, here is a brief description of each.


The windshield on your sedan must allow at least 70% of light in. The front side windows and rear window must allow 70% or more of light in. The back side windows can allow any amount of light.

SUVs and Vans

Like sedans, the windshield on your SUV or van must allow for 70% or more of VLT. The front side windows must also allow for 70% or more. However, the back side windows and rear windows allow for any tint.

Tint Reflection

Window tint is ideal for reflecting any incoming light and reducing the amount of heat entering the vehicle. Nonetheless, Pennsylvania law does not allow for mirrored or metallic appearances on the front side and back side windows of SUVs, vans, or sedans.

Other Regulations

In addition to the above, Pennsylvania has several other regulations that apply to cars with tinted windows. You should always keep up with changes in the law, as well as local ordinances.

Color Tint Restrictions

Some states have restrictions on the color of tint that can be used. However, Pennsylvania allows for any color of tint to be used. Just make sure the color works for you and is not distracting. 

Knowing what works beforehand, not just cosmetically but practically, can reduce the headache of having to replace your windows at a later date.

Rules for Side Mirrors

Pennsylvania mandates dual side mirrors if the vehicle’s back window is tinted. This is due to the fact that some tints can obstruct your view and potentially cause an accident, so having dual side mirrors gives you another vantage point. This keeps you and other drivers safe.

Rules for Stickers

In Pennsylvania, you are required to display a sticker that indicates your tinting is legal and was installed in accordance with state law. This gives law enforcement an easy way to identify illegal tinting and allows for steeper punishment for offenders who fraudulently produce their own stickers.

Medical Exceptions

Pennsylvania is one of the states that accept medical exemptions for special tints. So if you need something above and beyond what is legal and have a medically valid reason for needing it, speak with your doctor about getting a note confirming your condition.


In some states, companies that manufacture tinting film are required to certify the film they sell to ensure it is authentic and legally compliant. However, Pennsylvania does not require manufacturers in the state to meet these requirements.

Now, knowing more about Pennsylvania’s window tinting laws and associated regulations, you’re prepared to tint your windows in accordance with state law. If you are unsure of something, there are a variety of legal resources you can consult. As always, make sure to err on the side of caution to help prevent an auto accident.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact Marzzacco Niven & Associates at the nearest location to schedule a free consultation today:

Harrisburg Law Office
945 East Park Drive, Suite 103 Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 231-1640

York Law Office
2550 Kingston Road, Suite 210A York, PA 17401
(717) 995-8998

Wyomissing Law Office
833 N. Park Road, Suite 103, Room A Wyomissing, PA 19610
(717) 388-2325

Chambersburg Law Office
79 St. Paul Drive, Suite 1 Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 388-2378

Carlisle Law Office
354 Alexander Springs Road Carlisle, PA 17015
(717) 995-8732

Carbondale Law Office
30 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 101 Carbondale, PA 18407
(717) 995-8810

Lancaster Law Office
2173 Embassy Drive, Ste 123, Lancaster Pa 17603
(717) 616-2954

Lebanon Law Office
937 Willow Street, Suite D Lebanon, PA 17042-1140
(717) 995-8963