Can a person add tinting to their windows in Oklahoma? While many may not realize it, there are numerous Oklahoma window tint laws that can impact whether you get a ticket or face other consequences. If you are facing any type of traffic law violations from window tint, we encourage you to reach out to the Oklahoma City car accident lawyer at BDIW now to learn more about how we can help you.
What Are the Window Tint Laws in Oklahoma?
Window tint laws determine how dark the windows on your car or truck can be while also putting limitations on the amount of reflectivity the windows can have. These laws in Oklahoma were put in place in 2005 to reduce risks associated with darkened windows and ensure that other drivers could see through the vehicle. Even if you turn to a local provider for help with window tinting, it is your responsibility to know the laws and regulations on window tinting to avoid any type of regulatory infraction.
Also, note that it is possible that these laws could change over time, but there is no indication that they will be removed. Before you invest in any tinting for your windows, double-check that you are getting the right product. Here is a breakdown of the laws in Oklahoma for window tint:
- Your front windshield: You can have a non-reflective tint on the top 5 inches of the windshield or above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.
- Front seat side windows: In the front seat, the side window tinting can be no less than 25%.
- Back seat side windows: In the back seat, window tinting cannot be less than 25%.
- Rear window: The back window of your car can have no less than 25% tinting to it.
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Understanding Visible Light Transmission
When describing the amount of tinting a window can have, you may notice the term visible light transmission or VLT. This is the percentage described above, and it refers to the amount of light that must be able to move through the film. This standard can change from one state to the next.
When the VLT is a higher percentage, that means that the tinting allows more light to move through the film, which means that the lower the percentage is, the darker the film will be. For example, if the window tint listed above is 25%, that means that the window tint must allow at least 25% of light to pass throughout. Higher than this is okay.
If the window tint you have is too dark to be in accordance with this law, you may be subject to a ticket, and you may have to remove the tint from the windows (which can be an expensive mistake). In Oklahoma, you may face fines and penalties if you are pulled over for this type of offense. Make sure you know exactly what the limits are and how well any product you choose to put on your windows may relate to this and call the car accident attorney at BDIW Law today.
The Window Tint Rule Applies to Most Vehicles
The use of window tint on the windows of most vehicles in Oklahoma follows this rule. That includes typical passenger cars, SUVs, and trucks. It also applies to most multi-purpose vehicles but at a different level. In these vehicles, the back seat side windows and the rear window can have any level of tint darkness applied to them, providing for more privacy in what are typically commercial vehicles.
What About Oklahoma Tint Laws for Reflection?
Another key factor to consider when choosing a window tinting for your car is the amount of reflection the film can have. Many of these products are designed to reduce the amount of light that passes through them, and some will reflect it back, which can create a glare hazard in some situations. Oklahoma laws, as a result, have some restrictions on this, including the following:
- Front side windows: Your tint cannot be more than 25% reflective.
- Backside windows: Your tint cannot be more than 25% reflective.
- Front windshield: The tint must be non-reflective.
This law applies to all types of vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, and vans. The benefit of this law is that it minimizes the amount of light that bounces off the windows into another person’s vision, obscuring it, which can help to reduce the risk of glare that causes accidents because the other party suddenly becomes unable to see. If you purchase window tint, be sure you consider any restrictions on this.
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Other Glass Tinting Rules in Oklahoma
There are a few other rules to keep in mind through this process as well. Oklahoma has a few restrictions on other areas of glass on your vehicle and the amount of tinting they can have. This applies at the same level of tint for the most part and includes the following:
- If you have a tint on the back window of your vehicle, you must have functional, dual-side mirrors on the car.
- You can not use any type of color-altering materials on your windows, as that can be a distraction.
- There are some instances in which a medical exemption may be provided for window tinting, such as for those who have concerns with natural light.
- If you are pulled over, you will need to provide the police with identification for the windows.
- You do not have to have a sticker on the window tint to show to the police.
If you are found to be in violation of any of these laws, you may face a fine. Typically, these are misdemeanor penalties, and they do not require jail time. However, you will be required to make repairs to the windows.
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If you are charged with a ticket due to the Oklahoma window tint laws, let our legal team offer help and guidance to you on what your requirements may be. Turn to BDIW now for a free consultation to discuss your situation and determine what legal rights you have. We are here to help you.
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