Originally Posted by donpisto
Here is a website with the info to the legal tint in CA:
Yes but that is from a website that promotes tinting.
Here is the info from the CHP Website ( ):
Can I put after-market tinting on the windows of my vehicle?
The main requirements for legal window tinting in California are:
The windshield and front driver's side and passenger's side windows cannot receive any aftermarket tinting.
If the rear window of a vehicle is tinted, the vehicle must have outside rearview mirrors on both sides.
The law prohibits any person from driving any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows, with certain limited exceptions.
However, legislation signed into law effective January 1, 1999, exempts from the above prohibition specified clear, colorless, and transparent material that is installed, affixed, or applied to the front driver and passenger side windows for the specific purpose of reducing ultraviolet rays. If, as, or when this material becomes torn, bubbled or otherwise worn, it must be removed or replaced.
It is not the California DMV but since the CHP writes the tickets, it matters what they are going to allow.
The DMV website is of course very confusing and seems to allow 88% tinting for the purposes of reducing UV rays. That seems to go along with the exepmtion paragraph above. The reason some sites say 70% is allowed as the DMV sites talks about glazing and tinting not being more than 70%. What I personally read, is that the glazing is considered the stock coloring that may or may not be in your cars windows. So if your window are factory tinted to 70% you can add no more, and if your windows are not factory tinted, then you can only add 88% tint.