Opinion of VA State Police on out-of-state cars with tinted windows
Mr. Charles L. Vaughan
Captain W. Steven Flaherty
Internet Response - Virginia Sunshading Laws
Virginia law allows sunshading or tint film to be affixed to certain
windows of passenger vehicles, provided specific light transmittance
levels are maintained. The front side windows, those windows adjacent
to the driver on the right and left, may be equipped with sunshading
material that does not reduce the total light transmittance through
the material and glass to less than 50%. The rear side windows and
rear window or windows of passenger-carrying vehicles may be equipped
with sunshading or tint film that does not reduce the total light
transmittance level below 35%. No film is permitted on the windshield.
These provisions apply to all vehicles operated on Virginia highways,
regardless of the registered jurisdiction.
Any person who operates a motor vehicle on the highways of this
Commonwealth with sunshading or tinting films that reduce the
total light transmittance below the legal levels is guilty of a traffic
infraction. Traffic infractions are punishable by a fine of not more
than $200. In addition to any fine, the court may assess associated
costs. If the person is convicted within one year of a second or
subsequent violation of this nature, the court, in addition to any other
penalty, may order the person to remove such tint film or sunshading
material from the vehicle.
A police officer observing these violations will normally issue a traffic
summons to the driver of the vehicle with improper sunshading material.
Most drivers then are allowed to sign a summons as their promise to prepay
the fine and cost or appear in court on the date specified in the summons.
The states of Alaska, California, Michigan and Montana are not members of
the Nonresident Violator Compact of 1977. Residents of those states, if
found to have committed traffic infractions, would be required to post
a bond or collateral rather than being allowed to sign a summons.
There are no points assessed for violations of the window tint law in
EM - 1/9/98