Want to meet more Utah police officers? Get the wrong tint on your car windows and you’ll be seeing more police lights in your rear-view mirror.  

Southern Utah gets hot and tinting your car windows can take the edge off. However, before you tint, make sure you know the law in Utah and save yourself some pain. Southern Utah businesses that apply tint are familiar with the laws and will help you get the right level. 


If you are purchasing a car or truck and you are not sure if it is a legal level, you should talk to someone who can help you. Arizona, Nevada and California allow different levels of tint and bringing a vehicle from those states will get you in trouble in Utah. Even if you are traveling through with a car that is legal in another state, you can be cited. 

The level of tint is determined by how much sunlight it lets in through the windows. These allowable levels are detailed in the Utah code. Windshields can’t have less than 70% light transmittance. A front side window cannot have less than 35% light transmittance. 

Police officers will pull over a vehicle with too dark of tint as many a drug dealer has found out trying to smuggle illegal stuff through Utah. It seems like every other week some criminal is pulled over with super dark tint and they discover drugs in the car. 

If you get pulled over for a tint violation, you will be cited, and you may have to get the tint removed and show that you have complied with Utah tint laws. Take the time to make sure you have the right level and save yourself the trouble, unless you enjoy meeting new officers. 


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