There’s no doubt that cars with tinted windows look cool, but do you know the tint laws in Michigan? If you have tinted windows or plan to get your car windows tinted, you are in the right place. We’ve gathered all the legal information you need to know about Michigan window tint law.


First, Let me Explain What VLT Means?

VLT 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. For example, 5 % would be a very dark tint. Furthermore, the state of Michigan has the following VLT%, as you can see below.


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%




Michigan Tint Laws –  Regulations



Michigan Window Tint law- Medical Exemption

The Driver must have in possession a letter signed by a physician or optometrist, indicating that the special window treatment or application is a medical necessity

Side mirrors 

side mirrors needed if the rear window is obstructed

Tint Reflection

The state law prohibits a solar reflective greater than 35%

Color Tint 

Silver or Gold reflective film no permitted 

Window Tint Certification / Label

The state does not require a label or certificate.


 FAQ –  Michigan window Tint Law

  • Can you tint your windshield in Michigan? yes,  top 4 inches only
  • What is the Legal Tint in Michigan? Any tint is allowed. However, some restrictions are in place, depending on the window.
  • How much tint is legal in Michigan? any dark allowed, yet still, need to follow some rules
  • How much is a window tint ticket in Michigan? $95  fine and 2 points on your license
  • How to get a tint prescription in Michigan? You can get it from any physician or optometrist.



Benefits of  Window Tinting

Window tinting blocks up to 99% of the UV rays. The car interior cools by 60%. It also can help protect from ultraviolet radiation and help protect your car’s interior from cracking or fading and looking worn-out. Another great benefit is the level of privacy, which can prevent someone who walks by to peer inside.

Car Window Tint Cost

In general, the cost may vary; for example, a basic tint for a sedan car using the classic film can cost less than $150 per vehicle. However, suppose you want a top-quality film such as ceramic window tint. In that case, it can cost up to $400 per vehicle. Of course, all depend on different factors (number of windows, type of tint, warranty). On the other hand, a cheaper option for professional tinting services is a DIY tint kit, which usually costs less than $100.








Note: Keep in mind that Michigan tint laws can change daily and may be interpreted differently in your city or county. To be sure, we recommend double-checking our information with your local DMV or Law Enforcement Authorities.