Iowa Window Tinting Laws & Regulations

How dark can I tint my car windows in Iowa

Tint Darkness

Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Iowa, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window.

Windshield Non-reflective tint is allowed along the top of the windshield above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
Front Side Windows Must allow more than 70% of light in.
Back Side Windows Any darkness can be used.
Rear Window Any darkness can be used.

How reflective can the tint be in Iowa?

Similar to sunglass lenses, some tinting film contain metallic elements that help in reflecting incoming light and reducing the glare and heat generated by visible light.

Front Side Windows Not excessive reflectiveness, law is not specific.
Back Side Windows Not excessive reflectiveness, law is not specific.


Other Iowa Rules and Regulations


Restricted Colors No colors of tint are explicitly banned.
Side Mirrors No restrictions.
Certificate Requirements Manufacturers of film do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.
Sticker Requirements No sticker to identify legal tinting is required.
Medical Exemption No Permited
References http://search.legis.state.ia.us/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm

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