Friday, May 25, 2018

Window Tint Laws

In our last blog, we discussed the benefits of window tinting. Temperature control, protection from harmful solar rays, and a stronger defense against cracking. In this blog, we want to bring to your attention some of the laws that have been passed regarding tinting. Of course, these laws are passed with safety in mind, and Melloy Dodge wants every driver to be safe.

The New Mexico Window Tint Law was enacted in 1997 and regulates how dark a window tint can be. Window tint darkness is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage or VLT%. This means the percentage of visible light that is let in through the window. The front and back side windows and rear window must allow more than 20% of sunlight in. The front windshield can be tinted above the AS-1 line.

Much like sunglasses lenses that have metallic elements to help reflect incoming light, window tinting can often be reflective. In some states, this is monitored by the law, but in New Mexico, there is no reference to reflectivity in the current law. However, be aware that window tint laws vary by state, and what’s allowed in New Mexico may be regulated in the states you travel to.

New Mexico doesn’t restrict any colors of tint. Dual side mirrors are required if your back window is tinted. New Mexico also requires a sticker to be placed between the window tint film and the glass on the driver’s side window to show that the tint meets legal requirements.

Being aware of these laws will ensure that your vehicle meets the safety requirements in your state. You can be sure that your window tint is approved by the state of New Mexico if you go to a certified service provider, like the Melloy Dodge Service Department. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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