There's nothing cooler than seeing a killer Mustang or Camaro (insert your favorite sports car) cruising down a Michigan road with its windows tinted.

Sometimes those windows are so blacked out though that you can't even see the driver behind the wheel. While it may look super cool, is it actually legal? Maybe.

If you have tinted windows, you're likely already familiar with Michigan's laws, especially if you've been pulled over. Let's be honest, those tinted windows can give police another reason to pull you over.

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Is It Legal to Have Tinted Windows in Michigan?

This is one of those questions that doesn't have a simple yes or no answer. Yes, you can have tinted windows in the state of Michigan but there are some restrictions.

Michigan doesn't have a limit for tint darkness but there is a limit for solar reflections. The front side windows and back side windows for sedans, SUVs, and vans must not be more than 35% reflective (VLT).

According to Tint RegulationsVLT Visible Light Transmission is the percent of visible light that gets through your car windows. In other words, the lower the VLT%, the darker the tint gets.

Legal Tint in Michigan  

  • Windshield:  Any VLT % for the top 4 inches
  • Front side windows: Any VLT % for the top 4 inches
  • Backside windows: Any VLT %
  • Rear window: Any VLT%

There are also medical exemptions when it comes to tinted windows. If you need your windows to be less than the allowed 35% VLT, you must have in possession a letter signed by a physician or optometrist, indicating that the special window treatment or application is a medical necessity.

Simply put, yes you can have tinted windows in the state of Michigan.

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