New Mexico Window Tinting Laws & Regulations

How dark can I tint my car windows in New Mexico

Tint Darkness

Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In New Mexico, 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 or 5 inches, whichever ocmes first.
Front Side Windows Must allow more than 20% of light in.
Back Side Windows Must allow more than 20% of light in.
Rear Window Must allow more than 20% of light in.

How reflective can the tint be in New Mexico?

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 No reference to reflectivity in the current law.
Back Side Windows No reference to reflectivity in the current law.


Other New Mexico Rules and Regulations


Restricted Colors No colors of tint are explicitly banned.
Side Mirrors Dual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
Certificate Requirements Manufacturers of film need to certify the film they sell in the state. Ask your dealer if they are using ceritified film.
Sticker Requirements The sticker to identify legal tinting is required between the film & glass on the driver’s side window.
Medical Exemption State allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
References http://home.pcisys.net/~bpc/auto_law/tint/tint_nm.html

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