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Window Tinting

​​Vehicles with applications of after‐factory window tinting must be checked, at an additional charge of $10 during a North Carolina safety inspection to ensure they meet specifications set by the state in G.S. 20-127).

  • Tinted windows cannot measure darker than 32 percent with a North Carolina-approved window tint meter.
  • The tint on a windshield cannot extend more than 5 inches below the top of the windshield or below the AS1 line of the windshield, whichever is longer.

Restrictions & Exceptions

Requirements do not apply to other windows on:

  • Excursion passenger vehicles, as defined in G.S. 20‐4.01 (27)a
  • Motor homes, as defined in G.S. 20‐4.01 (27)d2
  • Ambulances, as defined in G.S. 20‐4.01 (27)f
  • Property‐hauling vehicles (rear window only), as defined in G.S. 20‐4.01 (31)
  • Limousines
  • Law enforcement vehicles
  • Multipurpose vehicles (e.g., mini-van, pickup truck, SUV) designed to carry 10 or less passengers – where the window is behind the driver and is built on a truck chassis or has special features designed for occasional off‐road operation
  • Vehicles with a medical exception issued by NCDMV

Medical Exceptions

Individuals with a photosensitivity to light who need darker window tints can apply for a medical exception permit with the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles' Medical Review Program.

  • Permits are valid for up to five years.
  • An individual may have no more than two medical permits at the same time.
  • Permits are not interchangeable and must be carried in the vehicle to which it applies.
  • A medical exception sticker must be displayed in the lower left‐hand corner of the rear window. Failure to properly display the sticker is punishable by a $200 fine.

11/30/2020 12:26 PM

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