Official Code of Georgia
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) 'Light reflectance' means the ratio of the amount of total light
that is reflected outward by a product or material to the amount of
total light falling on the product or material.
(2) 'Light transmission' means the ratio of the amount of total light,
expressed in percentages, which is allowed to pass through a surface
to the amount of light falling on the surface.
(3) 'Manufacturer' means a person who produces or assembles a vehicle
glass-coating material or who fabricates, laminates, or tempers a
safety-glazing material, which material reduces light transmission.
(4) 'Material' means any transparent product or substance which
reduces light transmission.
(5) 'Multipurpose passenger vehicle' means a motor vehicle designed
to carry ten persons or less which is constructed on a truck chassis
or with special features for occasional off-road operation.
(b) Except as provided in this Code section, it shall be unlawful for
any person to operate a motor vehicle in this state:
(1) Which has material and glazing applied or affixed to the front
windshield, which material and glazing when so applied or affixed
reduce light transmission through the windshield; or
(2) Which has material and glazing applied or affixed to the rear
windshield or the side or door windows, which material and glazing
when so applied or affixed reduce light transmission through the
windshield or window to less than 32 percent, plus or minus 3 percent,
or increase light reflectance to more than 20 percent.
(c) The provisions of subsection (b) of this Code section shall not
(1) Adjustable sun visors which are mounted forward of the side windows
and are not attached to the glass;
(2) Signs, stickers, or other matter which is displayed in a seven-inch
square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the
driver or signs, stickers, or other matter which is displayed in a
five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest the
(3) Direction, destination, or termination signs upon a passenger
common carrier motor vehicle if the signs do not interfere with the
driver's clear view of approaching traffic;
(4) Any transparent item which is not red or amber in color which is
placed on the uppermost six inches of the windshield;
(5) Any federal, state, or local sticker or certificate which is
required by law to be placed on any windshield or window;
(6) The rear windshield or the side or door windows, except those
windows to the right and left of the driver of:
(A) A multipurpose passenger vehicle;
(B) A school bus, any other bus used for public transportation, and
any bus or van owned or leased by any religious or any nonprofit
organization duly incorporated under the laws of this state;
(C) Any limousine owned or leased by a public or private entity; or
(D) Any other vehicle, the windows or windshields of which have been
tinted or darkened before factory delivery or permitted by federal
law or regulation; or
(7) Any law enforcement vehicle.
(d) The Department of Motor Vehicle Safety may, upon application from
a person required for medical reasons to be shielded from the direct
rays of the sun and only if such application is supported by written
attestation of such fact from a person licensed to practice medicine
under Chapter 34 of Title 43, issue an exemption from the provisions
of this Code section for any motor vehicle owned by such person or in
which such person is a habitual passenger. The exemption shall be
issued with such conditions and limitations as may be prescribed by
the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety.
(e) No person shall install any material upon the windshields or
windows of any motor vehicle, the installation of which would result
in a reduction of light transmission or an increase in light
reflectance in violation of subsection (b) of this Code section.
(f) The Department of Motor Vehicle Safety is authorized to promulgate
such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the
provisions of this Code section.
(g) Any person who violates subsection (b) or (e) of this Code section
shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
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