Darkest legal tint for Cars in Oklahoma
- Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line or top 5 inches.
- Front Side windows: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
- Back Side windows: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
- Rear window: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
Darkest legal tint for SUV and Vans in Oklahoma
- Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line or top 5 inches
- Front Side windows: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
- Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
- Rear window: Any darkness can be used.
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In the state of Oklahoma car window tint laws have been on the books since 2006. That makes them much more recent than the tint laws in many states which often date back to the 1990s, and thus there has been less need for recent updates to Oklahoma tint rules as they were enacted after the development of most window tint products still in use today, such as nano-ceramic based window tints that use millions of bits of non-metallic ceramic bits infused into sheets of durable film.
Still window tint laws are subject to be updated and changed from time to time, thus it’s a good idea for you to stay current with your knowledge of tint laws for cars in Oklahoma, as window tint tickets in the state can add up to hundreds of dollars in costs if you get hit with multiple citations. The most important thing to check for is tint darkness, which is referred to as visible light transmission, or VLT for short.
The higher the VLT percentage number, the more transparent the tint, and the lower the number, the darker and more private it is. So a window tint that’s rated at 75% VLT adds a bit of shading and privacy, while a 25% tint adds lots of privacy but still allows a view in from up close, such as police might need to feel safe during a traffic stop.
Police can check VLT percent on the scene during a stop, so don’t think you can avoid window tint tickets save for during a formal inspection. Given the darkness of window tint allowed by Oklahoma tint law, there’s really no need to press your luck anyway.
Windshield Window Tint Law in Oklahoma
As in many states, in Oklahoma cars and larger vehicles (vans, trucks, and SUVs, e.g., often referred to collectively as MPVs) are subject to the same laws for windshield window tint laws. The rules allow for windshield tint down to the manufacturer’s AS-1 line, which is demarcated in small letters and numbers on the glass – if you cannot see an AS-1 line, then the tint must reach no farther down than five inches from the top of the windshield. Windshield tint cannot be reflective.
Many vehicles come with windshield tinting applied at the factory; if yours did not, you should by all means add this tint as it reduces glare in your eyes while you drive, especially near sunrise and sunset when the sun is at an angle. As for the rest of the tint on your car, it’s about sun glare for sure, but also about added privacy and style, reduced interior heat, and an interior protected against ultraviolet light damage.
Window Tint for Cars in Oklahoma
Cars in Oklahoma can have window tint that’s rated at 25% VLT or lighter on all side windows and on the rear window (meaning the rear windshield, in other words). This 25% VLT tint must be no more than 25% reflective.
While this is plenty of darkness and reflectivity to make a vehicle more private and to change the look of the car, keep in mind that you do not need dark tint to enjoy all benefits of tint aside from the added privacy. Even much lighter, almost optically clear window tint can reject 99% of the sun’s UV light that causes interior fading and cracking to upholstery and dash surfaces, can reduce how much infrared heat gets into the car, and can reduce the glare that causes eye strain and makes driving less safe. In short, never think that darker window tint is always the best window tint in Oklahoma.
Window Tint for MPVs in Oklahoma
Vans, trucks, and SUVs in Oklahoma may have front side windows tinted down to the same 25% VLT rating as is permitted for all windows of cars. As for rear windows, meaning any side windows behind the driver row and by cargo areas, and on the rear windshield, may be tinted down to any darkness, including full privacy tint that does not allow any view into the vehicle.
As with cars, the tint on larger vehicles can only be a maximum of 25% reflective.
Other Window Tint Laws in Oklahoma
There are several cut and dried rules you must follow to meet Oklahoma tint laws and we’ll run through those here.
If the rear window of any vehicle in Oklahoma is tinted at all, the automobile must have dual side view mirrors in good working order.
No window tint that changes the color of the windows is legal in Oklahoma, so you may use tint that darkens a window but not a colored window film.
While you do not need to apply stickers that identify legal window tint to your vehicle, window tint manufacturers and vendors do need to certify the tint they sell in Oklahoma as cleared for sale in the state. You can ask your window tint vendor to confirm that the tint is certified.
Oklahoma does allow medical exemptions for window tint darker than allowed by law for people with certain conditions such as extreme photosensitivity (light sensitivity) or skin issues that can be exacerbated by sunlight exposure. Talk to your doctor or to an official from the Oklahoma DMV to talk about window tint medical exemptions.
Window Tint Violation Ticket Cost in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma window tint tickets are assessed as misdemeanors and are not criminal offenses, but are civil violations that come with a financial penalty. A first window tint ticket in Oklahoma is often assessed as a “fix it ticket” which may be small but comes with the responsibility that you have the illegal window film removed.
A second and any subsequent window tint tickets may be assessed much higher, for well over a hundred dollars per violation. Repeated window tint tickets will be much more expensive than simply getting legal window tint applied in the first place, so it’s best to get legal window tint in Oklahoma and enjoy the permissive tint laws in the state.