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Hawaii’s Car Window Tinting Laws: What You Need to Know August 17, 2017

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Hawaii’s Car Window Tinting Laws: What You Need to Know, Ewa, Hawaii

In sunny Hawaii, car window tinting is particularly popular among local drivers. Easy on the eyes and inexpensive to apply, it keeps the glare at bay and helps prevent vehicle passengers from getting too hot. But for safety’s sake, the state of Hawaii has many regulations in place concerning window tinting, which were first enacted in 1989. If you’re thinking about making an appointment at Ohana Tinting in Kapolei, HI, here are the regulations they’ll be following.

Front Windshields

To protect their eyes from glare, especially during dusk, many Hawaii drivers get windshield coatings. To comply with state regulations, you may only receive a tint strip across the top of the windshield that will only go four inches down from the top or to your AS1 mark on your window. It can be as dark as 5% visible light transmittance. The rest of your windshield may not be darker than 70% visible light transmittance. 

Front & Rear Side Window Tinting

car window tintingTo protect infants and other passengers from direct sunlight, drivers also get their side windows tinted with a non-reflective coating. The law states that all side and rear windows must allow at least 35% of visible light into the vehicle for passenger cars. On trucks, vans, and SUVs, all front side windows must allow at least 35% of visible light through the window, while rear side windows can have any strength tint.

Other Notes

You can have any color window tint you like—there are no restrictions. Additionally, once you step out of the tint shop, there’s nothing else you need to do: No stickers are required to verify your tint is legal. Bear in mind that Hawaii law does not allow medical exemptions for the use of specialized tints.

State regulations may seem extensive, but you have nothing to worry about if you get all of your car window tinting at Ohana Tinting. The local tint shop has been in business since 2013 and is well-versed with Hawaiian window tinting laws. For questions, give them a call at (808) 636-6551. More information about their car tint services is available on their website.

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