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J-Short 06-21-2013 07:51 PM

CA Window Tint-What's the Real Story
I've seen, read and heard a lot of different theories about tinting your windows in California. Consensus is you can't, but I see plenty of Camaro/Mustang/Charger/Challenger drivers with tint.

Does anyone know the real answer? I want to get my windows tinted, yet I'm not trying to be buried in fix it tickets either. The Sac PD specializes in automotive and traffic violations. lol

SPCBA 06-21-2013 07:52 PM

try the california section. they definatly dont have this info

Mindz 06-21-2013 08:00 PM

No tint is legal in California, even 100% clear, UNLESS IT COMES FROM THE FACTORY LIKE THAT. CHP and police normally don't hassle you if you don't go too dark. All tint is technically illegal.
I have lived in the Sac/Folsom/EDH area for 2 years. no tickets yet for window tint or front plate *knocks on wood*

pannhead51 06-21-2013 08:04 PM

I'm also here in the Sac area and confirm what Mindz said ...just don't push it past 35%.

StormtrooperJun 06-21-2013 08:06 PM

This was taken off the CHP - FAQ page. Hope it helps answer your question.

Can I put after-market tinting on the windows of my vehicle?
The main requirements for legal window tinting in California are:

The windshield and front driver's side and passenger's side windows cannot receive any aftermarket tinting.
If the rear window of a vehicle is tinted, the vehicle must have outside rearview mirrors on both sides.
The law prohibits any person from driving any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows, with certain limited exceptions.

However, legislation signed into law effective January 1, 1999, exempts from the above prohibition specified clear, colorless, and transparent material that is installed, affixed, or applied to the front driver and passenger side windows for the specific purpose of reducing ultraviolet rays. If, as, or when this material becomes torn, bubbled or otherwise worn, it must be removed or replaced

SPCBA 06-21-2013 08:11 PM

back 3 windows are tintable. front three arent. i have all tinted tho soooooo

push it and they will get ya!

Mindz 06-21-2013 08:15 PM

I have 5% on the back (limo tint) and 20% all around. Haven't been pulled over since moving up here, although I am prepared for the ticket if I do ever get one.

upflying 06-21-2013 08:55 PM

Tint enforcement goes up if LEO's are looking for texters and cell phone users.

2010SSRSM6 06-21-2013 09:17 PM

CHP is now making tint tickets NON-correctible citations. I just contributed $197 for the citation, $35 court fee and a $5.80 fee for paying with my debit card to the states general fund.

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TheGhosty 06-21-2013 09:24 PM

Sacramento is very chill. Just take it easy and don't push it. The only people I know who have gotten tint tickets are people who were pulled over for something else. The cop will either cut you a break on your speeding ticket and write you for tints/licence plate or if your being a d!ck he will tack it on your speeding ticket. 35% is a good number.

CHMSC 06-21-2013 09:49 PM

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Originally Posted by J-Short (Post 6699262)
Does anyone know the real answer?

Don't live there

dixonk 06-22-2013 01:29 AM

I got pulled over in Elk Grove for mine 35% all around. Fix it ticket but a pain in the ass to remove. Took it to Genesis and put Clear on the fronts and changed the rear 3 to 5%. I feel it made the car appear darker tinted and much darker on the inside. Also did a visor strip of 5% above the A1C line on the windshield which is legal.

And no I didn't get pulled over for anything else. Simply a motorbike cop saw me as I passed him at the Bruceville Rd. and Elk Grove Blvd. intersection.

J-Short 06-22-2013 03:00 AM

Should have know. Everything is illegal in California

SPCBA 06-22-2013 10:44 AM


Originally Posted by J-Short (Post 6700633)
Should have know. Everything is illegal in California

except drugs

Bluffen 06-22-2013 10:55 AM

dark tint on the back window is an Officer safety issue. CHP has to fill their quota each day also and tint tickets are easy to find and with the fine being raised this year its good for california.
Now, if you get a ticket and go to court to fight it you will have to apppear one tome and plead not guilty and ask for "OR" so you dont have to pay the fine before you leave. When you return a 2nd time if the Officer is in court, which most of the time he should be per Dept policy you can call him as a witness and ask questions. Remember now he is under oath. Ask him if he has tint on his personal vehicle. I can almost guarantee he does, if he lies it could cost him his job if he says yes, you can take it from there :)

RayZ28 06-22-2013 12:15 PM

i have 5% all around.. except windshield of course.. almost 3 months with it now and still havent got a ticket for it.. i know a few CHP/LAPD have seen it i've had times when im right next to one at a light and im like OK here comes the ticket.. also had a cop pull next to me at a gas station sayin ''you have no plates in the front and your windows are too dark.. where ya headed..'' i said ''vegas for the weekend'' he says ''alright be safe have a good time'' coolest cop ever.. but i know sooner than later im gonna get it... ill take it off in the front windows when that happens but hasnt happened yet..

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