Illinois Window Tint Laws

Automobile window tinting laws vary from state to state, but the common objective is to ensure that the darkness of films do not restrict visibility and present a danger to motorists. Until 2009, Illinois drivers could have only their back windows tinted. Now it is legal to tint both the front and back, provided the window film meets certain requirements.

The following information is a summary of Illinois State window tinting laws. For complete information, see Illinois Vehicle Code Chapter 12, Article V – Glass, Windshields, and Mirrors.

How dark can automobile window tint be in Illinois?
Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%), which essentially means the percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window.

Windshield Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.
Front side windows Must allow more than 35% of light in.
Back side windows Must allow more than 35% of light in.
Rear window Must allow more than 35% of light in.
Combinations 1. 30-35% in the rear / up to 50% in front.
2. If you have below 30% tint in the rear, you can not tint the front.
3. If you have an MPV, which includes but is not limited to SUVs, station wagons, minivans, etc. and said MPV has factory-installed privacy glass (smoked), you are allowed to have up to 50% tint in front.

How reflective can the tint be in Illinois?
Similar to sunglass lenses, some tinting film contains metallic elements that help to reflect incoming light and reduce the glare and heat generated by visible light.

Restricted colors No colors of tint are explicitly prohibited.
Side mirrors Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
Certificate Manufacturers of film do not need to certify the film they sell in Illinois
Sticker No sticker is required to identify legal tinting.

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