Can You Tint the Front Windshield in North Carolina?

When it comes to vehicle modifications, tinting your windows may be the most popular option. Not only does it help reduce heat inside the vehicle, keep your leather interior supple, and help keep the dash from fading, but it also makes your ride look pretty nice, if we do say so ourselves. For that reason, one of the most popular questions we get is: Can you tint the front windshield in NC?
So how do you know how much tint is legal in North Carolina? Well, we have the answer for you right here. 
If you're thinking about opting for a reflective tint for your front windshield, think again. In North Carolina, reflective tints are only legal on side windows. 
When it comes to your windshield, a non-reflective tint is legal above the manufacturer's AS-1 line or no more than five inches below the top of the windshield, whichever is longer. So yes, you can tint the front windshield in North Carolina, with certain restrictions. The darkness of the tint cannot exceed 32 percent with a North Carolina approved tint meter. 
There are some other parameters to keep in mind when it comes to applying a tint to other areas of your vehicle other than your windshield. 
  • If the back window is tinted, dual side mirrors are required.
  • Restricted Colors include red, amber, and yellow.
  • A 3% tint variance is allowed.
  • No sticker is needed to identify legal tinting.
  • Here in North Carolina, medical exemptions may allow for exceptions for drivers who suffer from conditions that make them sensitive to light. Permits must be obtained for a medical exemption.  
Once you get your windshield (or all your windows) tinted, remember that you'll need to pay an extra $10 each year during your state safety inspection. 
Make sure that you get the most up-to-date information from your local NC DMV office, as laws and regulations can be interpreted differently across counties and cities. Here in Jacksonville, you can contact our local DMV office at (910) 347-3613. 
To get the best-looking tint and increase the resale value on your vehicle, it's best to let the professionals handle the process of tinting your windshield. Call our highly trained service technicians at (877) 417-4632 to get answers to your questions or schedule a service appointment
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