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Ask a trooper- What are window tint laws in Minnesota?

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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015 5:00 am

Question:  I moved to Minnesota from Florida and I have a car with tinted windows. I heard that I can’t have tinted windows in Minnesota, is this true?  If they are illegal, how do I find out?

 Answer: Minnesota does have tint laws and restrictions.  Even if your previous state allowed tinted windows, you would now need to comply with Minnesota law. In Minnesota, you can have your windows tinted to a light transmittance of 50 percent, but not less. Light transmittance is the amount of light that is required to pass through both the window and the tint film. Before any tint material is applied to your windows, a vehicle comes from the factory with tint already inside the glass material.  No window comes from the factory at 100 percent light transmittance. My experience has been that most vehicles are already at 75 percent before any modifications.

• No vehicle can have any tint to the front windshield.

• Passenger cars are limited to 50 percent on all side and rear windows.

• Pickups, vans and SUVs are limited to 50 percent on the front side windows.

• Pickups, vans and SUVs are not limited on the rear side and rear windows. (Can be less than 50 percent behind the front seat).

• Squad cars, limousines, and vehicles used to transport human remains by a funeral establishment are not limited on the side and rear windows.

Law enforcement officers are equipped with tint meters and would be able to let you know what your tint level is. If you need to have the tint removed, you can check with a body or detailing shop. Or you can do it yourself.

If you have any questions, send them to Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol, 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811. Or reach him at, neil.dickenson@state.mn.us.

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  • lelajohnston posted at 5:16 am on Tue, Jun 26, 2018.

    lelajohnston Posts: 1

    There are a great deal of good window tinting organizations out there, and including this organization was a poor choice. I am stunned you didn't share any details about the Gotham Window Tint company with us. I think that would have made for an entertaining article.

  • Jay P posted at 5:44 pm on Thu, Mar 12, 2015.

    Jay P Posts: 243

    The writer inquiring about window tint could peruse MN statute 169.71, subdivision 4 for the current code. Then, should he decide to sell the vehicle he can consult subdivision 5(a) where it says:

    "No person shall sell or offer for sale or use on any motor vehicle, windows or windshields that are composed of, covered by, or treated with material that fails to comply with the provisions of subdivision 4. "

    But wait...look at the following para. (c) right below where it says:

    " This subdivision does not apply to sale or offers for sale of a motor vehicle containing windows or windshields composed of, covered by, or treated with material that fails to comply with the provisions of subdivision 4."

    An' dat's all dere at duh Ole and Leena state website on:


    Geez...welcome to Minnysoda, eh?

    J. P.


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