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California Window Tinting Laws: An Introduction

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California Window Tinting Laws: An Introduction

Robert Crowley
July 7, 2011

Author: Robert Crowley

As a state with many regions, motorists have a wide variety of reasons for having their windows tinted. Reasons range from heat protection to aesthetic appeal. However, before professionally tinting your windows, it is important to keep one step in mind; learn and understand the window tinting laws of California.

Law enforcement agents in California (police, sherrifs and highway patrol) have been known to actively target motorists with illegal window tinting. It goes without saying that it's a motorists' duty to have window tinting on their vehicle that is legally compliant. By ignoring the laws, motorists put themselves at risk of fines and traffic stops; many would contend that this is not worth the hassle. With the law on your side, there will be one less thing to worry about when taking to California roads and highways.

Prior to selecting a tint from the company you use, be sure to understand the laws for yourself. By covering the bases, you will put yourself at a considerable advantage.

Let's begin with basics. Rear windows are not regulated by darkness in the State of California. However, if you plan to tint the front two windows of a vehicle, it must allow more than 70% of visible light to pass through. Windshields are regulated as well. A non-reflective film is permissable only on the top four inches of the vehicle.

Compared to most states, California has strict limits with reflecticity. While some states allow leeway, California prohibits reflectivity on any tint that would be more than that of a standard window. This is as equally important as the darkness regulations itself.

Another thing of note are tint colors that are prohibited by California tint laws. Amber, red and blue are not permissable colors to have on your tint. Law enforcement will enforce this just as avidly as the more fundamental laws. If in doubt, it is best practice to ask the opinion of the tinting professional who is working on your vehicle.

By having these bases covered on California tint laws, it is far more likely that you will avoid unecessary traffic stops and fines.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/cars-articles/california-window-tinting-laws-an-introduction-4999358.html

About the Author

Robert Corvalis writes on a range of automotive topics. He is writing on behalf of a service specializing in window tinting Los Angeles vehicles. He enjoys soccer and fitness in his spare time.

This article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-ND 3.0) License.

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