Dayton , Ohio - Window Tinting Laws


Understanding Dayton's Car Window Tint Laws: What Drivers in Dayton, OH Need to Know

Window tinting is an increasingly popular way for Dayton residents to customize their vehicles, offering increased privacy and aesthetic benefits as well as health advantages through blocking UV rays. However, it’s essential that drivers understand Ohio’s car window tinting laws to avoid fines or penalties; in this blog post we’ll outline these legalities for drivers in Dayton OH.

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Visible Light Transmission (VLT): What Is It?

VLT (Visible Light Transmission) measures the percentage of light that passes through your car window glass and tinting film, including tinted areas. Ohio law sets specific VLT thresholds depending on vehicle type or window location.

Legal Limits for Sedans

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed in the top five inches.

  • Front Side Windows: Must allow more than 50% of light through.

  • Back Side and Rear Windows: Any level of darkness is permissible, except for reflective tint.

Legal Limits for SUVs and Vans

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is permitted on the top five inches.

  • Front Side Windows: Tint must allow more than 50% of light through.

  • Additional Rules: Restrictions on the darkness of the tint must allow more than 50% light through, unless used at front side window level.

  • Back Sides and Rear Windows: Any darkness is allowed within the specified limits (such as allowing 50% or less).

Penalties for Noncompliance

  • Window tint laws are strictly enforced by local law enforcement agencies.

  • Failure to abide by them could result in fines or having the tint removed from your vehicle altogether.

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