DMV releases video on new window tinting law in New York

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - The New York State DMV has released a new video to educate drivers on New York State’s new window tinting law.

The law went into effect on January 1, 2017 and requires window tint testing during annual motor vehicle inspections. But while testing during the vehicle inspection is new, the tinting standards are not.  

Since 1992, New York State law has required that all windshield and front side windows allow at least 70 percent of outside light to pass through.  The new law is designed to better protect law enforcement by keeping vehicles with excessive tinting off the road.

New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law does not allow a windshield or front side windows to block more than 30 percent of the light coming into a vehicle.  This law also applies to the rear window unless the vehicle has outside rear-view mirrors on both sides that provide the driver with a full and clear view behind the vehicle. 

Rear side windows must also allow at least 70 percent of light from the outside to pass through the window if the vehicle is classified as a station wagon, sedan, hardtop, coupe, hatchback or convertible. 

A vehicle falls into one of these categories if it is labeled “Passenger Car” on the Federal ID label found on the left front door panel.  But if the label says MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), truck, bus, etc., then the vehicle’s side windows to the rear of the driver’s seat are exempt from widow tint inspection. 

The video is available on YouTube.

If a law enforcement officer pulls you over, the penalty for illegal window tinting can be up to $150.


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