Before taking on your automobile tinting task, it’s critical to consider local laws and regulations for allowed degrees of tint. Texas enacted their most recent set of tint legislature in 2009, which enforced blanket requirements to be met state-wide. The laws assert how dark or reflective your tint may be, and also imposes some details regarding mirrors and windshields.

To measure darkness, the scale in place is a measure of visible light transmission (VLT). The VLT defines the amount of light that can pass through your film and glass. In the state of Texas, back and rear windows can use any level of darkness or VLT, and front side windows must allow more than 25% of light in. However – not surprisingly – you can only apply non-reflective tint to windshields. This is to ensure optimal viewer optics. A clear tint can protect you from harmful rays without jeopardizing following the legislature, and is an excellent option for those in areas with a strong sun, like Houston!

In Texas, the front and back windows must not be more than 25% reflective. If you do opt to tint your back window, you are required to have dual side mirrors. You can also say goodbye to red, blue, or amber tints on your vehicle, as they are illegal to apply.

Be sure to have your tint professionally applied by experts to ensure you are adhere to all the codes and avoid violation and tickets. If you tint your vehicle, you will be required to carry a certificate from the manufacturer which states that it was sold in-state, and you must have a  ticket applied to your car to legitimize the legality. If you work with a seasoned tinting professional, they’ll know all the necessary steps to ensure you have the highest performance tint while respecting all Houston window tint laws.