Keeping informed about tint laws in Texas is a good idea. Laws can change and it is our aim to keep our readers up to date.
2018 came and went pretty quickly for some of us. It's time to think about new year's resolutions and any thing we want to change in 2019.
One thing that won't change for most of us is the desire to never see those flashing red and blue lights behind us.
It's important to know of any changes in laws concerning our vehicles, to avoid running afoul of transportation codes in Texas. Window tint laws in Texas do change from time, and it's important to know of any changes to window tint laws in Texas for the year of 2019.
Let's Recap What Is Legal For Window Tint In Texas In 2019
2019 Texas tint laws have by and large remained the same. Still it is important to know those laws. To help explain those laws we went directly to the Texas Department of Public Safety website.
Below you will find a detailed explanation of Texas tint laws for 2019.
Sunscreening devices, when measured in combination with the original glass, have a light transmittance value of 25% or more.
Sunscreening devices, when measured in combination with the original glass, have a luminous reflectance value of 25% or less. In other words: When you have your car inspected in order for it to pass inspection the front doors must allow 25% of visible light to pass through the windows and cannot reflect more than 25% of the light.
Inspection stations use a tint meter to check if your tint is legal. If it's not you will fail inspection, so remember, make sure your tint allows at least 25% light transmission and less than 25% reflectance.
Rear Doors and Rear Window
Now here is the really great news. In Texas a vehicle's rear doors and rear window are completely exempt from regulations. Here is the information from the DPS website:
Rear Side Windows-
"These windows are completely exempted from regulation under the Texas Transportation Code."
"If a motor vehicle is equipped with an outside mirror on each side of the vehicle that reflects to the vehicle operator a view of the roadway for a distance of at least 200 feet from the rear of the vehicle then there are no restrictions regarding the sunscreening devices applied to the rear window."
Source: Texas Administrative Code TITLE 37 PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS PART 1 TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY CHAPTER 21 EQUIPMENT AND VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS RULE §21.3Standards for Sunscreening and Privacy Window Devices.
For Windshields The Law Is CLEAR!
Clear window tint on your windshield is perfectly legal in Texas. But what is the point of clear windshield tint?
Well film technology has evolved into some really cool products.
Ceramic Window Film, while 100% clear can block up to 52% of the sun's heat and nearly 100% of harmful UVA and UVB.
So there you have it! 2019 Texas tint laws explained! At Fletch Window Tint we strive to keep our customers informed on the latest laws, tips, and trends in the world of window tinting. If you have any questions feel free to call us at 210-669-2940.