Illinois Window Tint Law [December 2021]

Illinois Window Tint Law: In Illinois, the car window tinting laws were brought into existence in the year 2009. The Illinois window tint laws are one of the stricter laws for how reflective or dark the window tints can be. Bedsides the laws there are certain other rules and regulations to be kept in mind:

  • No person shall knowingly sell any 1936 or later model motor vehicle unless such a vehicle is equipped with safety glazing material conforming to specifications prescribed by the Department wherever glazing material is used indoors, windows, and windshields.
  • It is considered unlawful for the owner or any other person knowingly to install it cause it to be installed in any motor vehicle any glazing material other than safety glazing material conforming to the specifications predestined by the Department.

Further in this article, we will provide you with more information about the laws as well as the rules and regulations besides the laws that hold the same importance. Make sure to read until the very end of this article. 

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What Does VLT Mean According To The Illinois State Law

VLT(Visible Light Transmission) is the light percentage allowed by the window tint film to travel through your car windows. Each and every state has dissimilar allowable terms for it. In Illinois like other states, the proportion of light allowed to pass through passenger vehicle window films and multi-purpose vehicle window films are different. 

HIGH VLT= MORE AMOUNTS OF LIGHT TO TRAVEL THROUGH YOUR WINDOW TINT FILMS.

LOW VLT= LESS AMOUNTS OF LIGHT TO TRAVEL THROUGH YOUR WINDOW TINT FILMS.

 Legal Tint Limit In Illinois: For Passenger Vehicles

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 35% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: up to 35% tint darkness allowed
  • Rear window: up to 35% tint darkness allowed 

Legal Tint Limit In Illinois: For Multi-purpose Vehicles

  • Front Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.
  • Front seat side windows: up to 50% tint darkness allowed
  • Back seat side windows: Any tint darkness can be used
  • Rear window: Any tint darkness can be used 

Window Tint Reflection In Illinois

Tint reflection for Passenger vehicles:

  • Front side windows: should be non reflective, state law is not very specific about what it actually means.
  • Back side windows: should be non reflective.

Tint reflections for Multi-purpose Vehicles:

  • Front side windows: should be non reflective.
  • Back side windows: should be non reflective.

Other Illinois Window Tint Law Rules And Regulations:

  • Do I need to have side mirrors in Illinois? If the back window is tinted dual side mirrors are required.
  • Is colored tint illegal in Illinois? All tint colors are allowed.
  • What are the window tint certification rules in Illinois? The tint film manufacturers do not have to certify the film they sell in the state of Illinois.
  • Do I need a certified sticker from the company installing my window tint in Illinois? No sticker is required to identify legal tinting.
  • Are there any medical exemptions in Illinois for Window Tint? For special tint Illinois does allow medical exemptions.
  • Medical exemptions: In case of receiving a medical exemption you must make sure to get a certified letter or a statement from your physician who needs to have a license saying that he/she is allowed to practice in this state. The statement or letter should prove you have a qualifying condition such as Systemic or discoid lupus erythematosus,

Disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis, Albinism, Porphyria, Xeroderma pigmentosum, severe drug photosensitivity.

  • Windshields: No person shall drive a motor vehicle with any sign, poster, window application, reflective material, nonreflective material, or tinted film upon the front windshield, except that a nonreflective tinted film may be used along the uppermost portion of the windshield if such material does not extend more than 6 inches down from the top of the windshield.
  • Other: Regulations promulgated by the Department specifying standards for safety glazing material on windshields shall, as a minimum, conform with those applicable Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards (49 CFR 571.205). These provisions apply to all motor vehicles of the first and second division but with respect to trucks, including truck tractors, the requirements as to safety glazing material apply to all glazing material used indoors, windows, and windshields in the drivers’ compartments of such vehicles.

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