Window Tinting Law

What is Michigans window tint law?


First off we are not the law so we wont tell you what you can or cannot do.  Threre are laws that govern us everyday on many things.  Sometimes we break the law without even knowing it.  If you break the law its your responsibility.  Michigan law can be found on thier website michigan.gov. You may also check with local jurisdiction to find out.  If we do tint the windows and it does break the law it is NOT the responsibilith of Monroes to pay your ticket.  You own your vehicle and that makes it your responsibility.  If you broke the law and need to remove the tint via a fix it ticket we can remove the tint as well.   It is not easy to tint windows nor is it easy to remove the tint from windows.    If you break the law and need your window tint removed we do charge $50 per window to have removed.  


Michigan Window Tint Law

Michigan WindowTint Law Enacted: 2000

We have made every effort to provide you with accurate and up to date information regarding Michigan window tint law. Please refer to you local authority for current Michigan window tint law enforcement policies, including rules and regulations, as the final authority on Michigan window tint law in your area.

MICHIGAN WINDOW TINT LAW ALLOWS THE FOLLOWING DARKNESS FOR CAR WINDOW TINTING

The darkness of tint is measured by (VLT%) Visible Light Transmission percentage. In Michigan window tint law, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed to pass through the combination of film and the factory tint of the window.

Window Tint Sample of Tint styles


Here is what is allowed in Michigan window tint law:

Cars, Trucks and MPV *Note: MPV means Multi Passenger Vehicles which are Vans and SUVs

Windshield Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield.
Front Side Windows

Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the front roll-ups.

Back Side Windows Any VLT can be applied legally on this window. *(MPVs allow any light transmission)
Rear Window Any VLT can be applied legally on this window. *(MPVs allow any light transmission)

HOW REFLECTIVE CAN THE TINT BE ON AUTO WINDOWS ACCORDING TO MICHIGAN WINDOW TINT LAW?

Tinting film can contain metallic elements (silver mirror look) that help to reflect incoming light and reject the glare and heat generated by visible light.

Front Side Windows Must not be more than a total of 35% reflective. Silver mirror look.
Back Side Windows Must not be more than a total of 35% reflective. Silver mirror look.

OTHER MICHIGAN RULES AND REGULATIONS

Restricted Colors No colors of tint are explicitly banned.
Side Mirrors No restrictions.
Certificate Requirements Manufacturers of film do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.
Sticker Requirements No sticker to identify legal tinting is required.
Medical Exemption Michigan window tint law allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption for window tinting, consult your state law.



Two great questions found here on Window Tinting Law in Michigan CLICK HERE for the full info.

TINTED WINDOWS

Question: Can I have tinted windows on my vehicle?

Answer: The law that covers window applications is  MCL 257.709 . The use of tinting is limited to the rear side windows, the rear window if the vehicle has outside mirrors on both sides, and the top 4 inches of the front side windows. There is a limited exception for medical necessity with a doctor's prescription, which allows for tinting to be applied to the front side windows as well. Michigan does not have a specification for the darkness of the window application, but does prohibit applications with a solar reflectivity greater than 35%.


Question: If I have a signed letter by my doctor indicating a medical necessity for tinted windows can another person drive my vehicle if the windows are tinted?

Answer: MCL 257.709(3)(e) allows for front side window tinting with "...a letter signed by a physician or optometrist, indicating that the special window treatment or application is a medical necessity. However, the special window treatment or application shall not interfere with or obstruct the driver's clear vision of the highway or an intersecting highway." A vehicle equipped with such tinting could not legally be driven by a person other than the person to whom the letter was given.