Tinted windows make your car look cool. That’s the bottom line, right? While there are other benefits to tinting your windows like keeping your car cool and comfortable by shielding the heat of the sun, most people desire to tint car windows for the style and appearance of it. But before you go and trick your windows out, we want to share a few Ohio window tint laws you should keep in mind.

The Numbers

How dark can you make your windows?

Window tint is measured using the percentage of Visual Light Transmission, or VLT. The higher the percentage, the more light that can pass through. VLT is measured as a combination of manufacturer factory tinting and any additional tinting that’s applied. Unless you are tinting a limousine or hearse, these are the minimum limits for VLT in vehicles in Ohio:

Windshield: No tint restriction on the top 5” of windshield, rest must allow 70% or more of light in
Front side windows: must allow 50% or more of light in
Back side windows: No tint restrictions
Rear window: No window tint restrictions

These restrictions apply to all types of vehicles – so Sedans, SUV’s, and Vans are all included.

According to Ohio law, the darkness of window tint is not limited when it comes to your rear side windows and rear windshield. Make sure to take advantage of this and have fun because no colors (other than red and yellow) of tint are banned as well.

How much reflection is permitted?

In Ohio, there are also restrictions on window tint reflection. To reduce glare and heat, window tint reflection is sometimes added. Ohio window tint law permits a certain window reflection when adding tint to your vehicle’s front and back side windows and that is:

0%. You heard that right. No aftermarket reflectorized materials are permitted to be applied to any windows of your vehicle.

However, if you do desire something to keep your car cooler and limit the heat entering your vehicle from the sunlight, consider upgrading from a carbon film to ceramic window tint. It will limit the heat that can enter while still maintaining maximum visibility.


When you do go to get your windows tinted (whilst obeying the laws of course), here are some additional rules to remember:

  • Make sure the manufacturer of the film is certified to sell in Ohio.
  • If you obtain an affidavit from an optometrist stating that you have a medical condition which requires additional tinting, be sure to keep it in your vehicle at all times in case you get pulled over.
  • Red and yellow tint colors are not allowed according to Ohio law.
  • The penalty for not adhering to Ohio window tint laws is about $120 in fines and a misdemeanor
  • Side mirrors don’t have any restrictions

We hope this helps you to be aware of the laws before getting your car personalized to your liking. Now that you are prepared to tint your vehicle, contact our sister company, D&S Automotive to get an after market tint quote for your vehicle.

While on the topic of car windows, if you have a chip or crack in your windshield or if your side windows are completely busted because of reasons you still can’t figure out, give us a call or get an online quote. We can quickly and conveniently come to you for auto glass replacement or repair.