Many car enthusiasts love adjusting their vehicles with tints to keep the vehicle cooler and also adds a sleeker look. However, before you get window tints on your car, it is important to understand what the laws are in your state and comply with them. Failure to do so can lead to ticketing and other penalties if you are pulled over.

How much is a tint ticket in california

The state of California has strict regulations on what is legally permissible for automobile windows. For the front windshield and the front side windows, the legal tint must allow at least 70% of light to pass through the window. This includes the factory tint on the vehicle and any additional tints. There are exemptions for individuals with clinical necessities, but in general, it is best to avoid having any tint on the front windshield unless you have a certificate from the manufacturer stating that it meets the legal requirements.

If a police officer stops your vehicle and determines that the tint you have on your windshield or windows exceeds the state’s standards, they will use a tint meter to measure the light transmission. If the meter reads less than 70% light transmission, you will receive a tint ticket. In most cases, a first-time offense will carry a $25 fine and a requirement to have the window tints adjusted within a certain time frame. If you fail to have the tints adjusted and are pulled over again, you could face harsher penalties including an infraction with a $197 fine.