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Oregon Window Tint Laws

Darkest legal tint for Cars in Oregon

 

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 35% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 35% of light in.
  • Rear window: Must allow more than 35% of light in.

 

Darkest legal tint for SUV and Vans in Oregon

 

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 6 inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 35% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
  • Rear window: Any darkness can be used.

 

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Oregon is not known for having hundreds of hot, sunny days every year, but that’s no reason every car, truck, van, or SUV in Oregon should not have window tint. Solar energy in the form of infrared light can heat the interior of a parked car pass 100º even when outside air temperatures are only 60º thanks to a mini greenhouse effect that takes place in the vehicle when solar heat passes unchecked through non-tinted windows.
 
Vehicle window tint critical for keeping the interior of your car cooler and safer for you and your passengers and for rejecting the damaging UV light that causes fading and cracking damage to the inside of the cabin, ruining the appearance of leather or cloth upholstery, fading the dashboard, and damaging other surfaces.
 
Car tint is a great investment that pays for itself over time thanks to reduced fuel consumption what with less need for AC cooling and when you go to sell the vehicle and find it has a much better re-sale value thanks to the protected interior. However as not all car window tint is legal in Oregon, and as a window tint ticket can be quite expensive, you have to make sure you get the best legal window tint for your car.
 
Below, we’ll go through all the current window rules laws in Oregon, which were enacted in the year 2003 and have been periodically revised to suit new window tint technology and product developments. To ensure your car tint is allowed under Oregon law, you must know the visible light transmission (or VLT) percentage of your tint. VLT refers to how much light a tint lets pass through and essentially refers to how dark and private or light and see-through the film is; dark tint might have a VLT of 5%, while light and see-through tint may have 90% VLT.
 
Note that even lighter, effectively transparent window tint can still block damaging UV light and hot IR light; you don’t need dark tinting to get most of the benefits of window film. On the other hand, for added privacy and the stylish look of dark window tint on cars, Oregon is a good state in which to register a car, as it allows for darker tinting than permitted in many states.
 

Windshield Tint Rules in Oregon

 
As in most states, some windshield tint is legal in Oregon. Cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans can have non-reflective window tint applied to the windshield down to six inches below the top of the windshield glass. This strip of tinting can make driving much safer by reducing solar glare in the driver’s eyes.
 

Car Window Tint Laws in Oregon

 
In Oregon, cars (meaning sedans and coupes, not larger vehicles) can have window tint rated at 35% VLT or lighter on all side windows and on the rear windshield. This window tint may be slightly reflective (or mirrored) in appearance.
 
(You may be able to legally get darker car window tint with a medical window film exemption – see below for more information.)
 

MPV Window Tint Laws in Oregon

 
Oregon tint laws for MPVs (abbreviation for multi-purpose vehicles and referring to sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, etc.) may have 35% or lighter VLT tinting on the front side windows and can have window tint of any darkness (including full blackout privacy tint), on rear side windows as well as on the back windshield. As with car window tint in Oregon, tinting for larger vehicles may only be slightly reflective in appearance.
 

Other Window Tint Rules in Oregon

 
A number of rules beyond simple VLT percent apply to tint in Oregon, so read through this section with care, as any breach can result in the same penalties as you pay for illegal dark tint itself.
 

Window tint reflectivity in Oregon must not be more than 13%.

 
Any auto that has any window tinting on windows behind the driver’s row must have dual side view mirrors in proper working order.
 

Oregon tint laws prohibit tint that is gold, amber, yellow, black, or red in color.

 
Manufacturers, sellers, and installers of window film for cars in Oregon must film officially certify the tint as meeting state law, so talk to your tint seller or installer professionals and make sure the tint they offer is certified.
 

Stickers identifying legal window tint are not required in Oregon.

 
Oregon tint laws allow for medical exemptions to some tinting rules, so if you need a darker window tint on front side windows for an MPV or on the rear windows of a car, talk to your doctor about getting a dispensation for darker window film that can then be installed once you establish you qualify for a medical tint exemption to protect your eyes, skin, or for any other reason.
 

Window Tint Violations in Oregon

 
Window tint tickets in Oregon are not a criminal matter and are usually considered a class B traffic violation, but the costs of Oregon window tint tickets can add up especially if you are cited multiple times without replacing your illegal tint.
 
And as even a single window tint violation can come with a $360 fine, even a single offence can be an unpleasantly expensive issue with your penalty in fact costing more than you would likely spend to get an illegally tinted window retrofitted with acceptable tint.