Florida is called The Sunshine State for a reason: our peninsula’s proximity to the equator means we experience high temperatures and a merciless onslaught of thermal rays. While visitors to Florida may enjoy a trip down south to thaw out, those of us who live here all-year long must find ways to mitigate the heat, and tinted windows are just one of the tricks available to keep our cars and truck cabs from turning into ovens in sunny weather.
However, as much as many of us would like to completely block off our windows with the darkest tint possible, it’s important to adhere to Florida statutes when tinting your ride. To help you keep your vehicle’s tint up to code, we’ve put together some important terms and statutes to keep in mind.
Reflectance: The percentage of total light reflected by your window tint.
Light Transmittance: The percentage of total light that passes through your window tint.
For trucks, sedans, CUVs, and other small vehicles, window tint must not exceed 25 percent reflectance on the front side windows. Windows behind the driver may be tinted to a reflectance as high as 35 percent. The tint must also meet or exceed 28 percent light transmittance for front side windows and 15 percent transmittance for windows behind the driver.
In Florida, vans and SUVs are classified as multipurpose passenger vehicles, which have slightly more lenient tinting statutes applied to them. The front side windows must not exceed 25 percent reflectance and must also allow a minimum of 28 percent light transmittance. Windows behind the driver may be tinted for up to 35 percent reflectance with a minimum of six percent light transmittance.
No motor vehicle may have its windshield tinted below the AS-1 line, a roughly 5-inch deep strip running the width of the windshield. Any tint used on the AS-1 line itself must be transparent.