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South Carolina Window Tint Laws

Darkest Legal Tint For Cars In South Carolina

The windshield can have a non-reflective tint above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.

The front and rear side windows and rear windows must permit more than 27% of light to pass through.

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Darkest Legal Tint For Trucks, SUV's, and Van's In South Carolina

The windshield can have a non-reflective tint above the AS-1 line specified by the manufacturer.

The front side windows must permit more than 27% of light to pass through.

There are no restrictions on the darkness of the back side windows or rear window.

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Explore the various shades of window tint available and find the perfect level of tinting for your vehicle. Our handy chart provides examples of different tint percentages to help you make an informed decision.

Each shade number represents the percentage of visible light that is allowed to pass through. This means that lower numbers represent darker shades.

South Carolina introduced its vehicle window tint regulations in 1992, making it one of the pioneering states to do so. Be aware that many existing tint laws may require careful attention to comply with, given the rapid development of new window film products. To ensure your vehicle complies with the current regulations, it’s essential to know the exact visible light transmission percentage (VLT%) and ensure it adheres to the VLT% rules for each window, based on your vehicle type.

Investing in car window tinting provides both immediate and long-term benefits. It enhances privacy and style, while also reducing cabin heat during hot summer days, resulting in lower battery and fuel consumption. All of our window films block 99.9% of UV rays, protecting upholstery and interior surfaces from fading, discoloration, and cracking, thereby maintaining the vehicle’s interior appearance and value.

Legal Windshield Tint In South Carolina

In South Carolina, the regulations for windshield window tint are straightforward and similar to those in most states. You can apply a non-reflective tint up to the manufacturer’s AS-1 line, which is approximately five inches below the point where the glass meets the roof. If you’re unsure about the location of the AS-1 line, you can use the five-inch mark as a guideline. This rule applies to all types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, and SUVs. It’s worth noting that many vehicles come with pre-installed factory tint on the windshield, so you may not need to apply an aftermarket tint. However, if your vehicle doesn’t have factory tint, it’s still a good idea to get a non-reflective tint applied to reduce sun glare and improve driving safety.

Car Window Tint Laws In South Carolina

In South Carolina, the regulations for window tint on cars and larger vehicles differ.

For sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks, the tint on side windows and the rear windshield must permit at least 27% of visible sunlight to enter the vehicle. This level of tint provides privacy and reduces glare while still allowing law enforcement to see inside the vehicle during traffic stops. Non-reflective tint is required.

South Carolina Auto Window Tint Laws For MPV's

In South Carolina, the regulations for window tint on multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) are as follows:

The front side windows of vans, SUVs, and trucks must adhere to the same standards as cars, with a maximum tint darkness of 27% visible light transmission (VLT). The rear side windows of MPVs can have any level of tint darkness, as long as it does not extend all the way to the top of the glass. A clear strip at the top is not required for blackout privacy tint that does not allow any view into the interior of the vehicle.

The rear windows (also known as back windshields) can be tinted to any darkness without the need for a clear strip at the top. Reflective tint is not allowed on MPVs in South Carolina.

Other Car Tint Rules In South Carolina

In South Carolina, there are specific regulations regarding the tinting of vehicle windows. If the rear windshield is tinted, the vehicle must be equipped with two functional side mirrors. The use of yellow, amber, and red tint colors is prohibited, and metallic finish tints that create a mirror-like appearance are also illegal. The minimum visible light transmission (VLT) for tinted windows is 27%, and no variations are allowed.

Manufacturers and vendors of window tint must certify that their products meet state regulations, so it’s essential to check with your vendor or installer to ensure that your tint is legal. Additionally, vehicle owners must display stickers on each tinted window to indicate that the tint is legal. These stickers are mandatory and can help resolve any tint-related issues during traffic stops or inspections.

While South Carolina’s tint rules are strict, there are medical exemptions available for individuals with certain health conditions, such as photosensitivity or skin disorders. If you believe you qualify for a darker tint, consult with a doctor and then discuss your options with a tinting expert.

Window Tint Law Violations In South Carolina

In South Carolina, violations of window tint laws are considered misdemeanors and can result in costly fines. The minimum fine for a window tint ticket is $200, but the cost can be significantly higher in some cases. Additionally, in extreme situations, individuals found to be in violation of window tint laws may face up to 30 days of imprisonment.

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