The picture above is a sight that most of us do not want to see in our rearview mirror. There is a great deal of confusion regarding the legality of window tint, so in this article we want to discuss a question usually only discussed once someone receives a window tint related ticket. What is the window tint law in the Columbus, Ohio area? You would think that this should be easy to answer, but nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, there are several things that impact whether you will receive a ticket for window tint on your car.
Specific Window Tint Law in The State You Reside In – This one seems obvious, but the laws vary widely across the United States. What is perfectly accepted in one state is completely illegal in another. That being said, there is a very handy chart made available by the International Window Film Association (IWFA) that spells out exactly what is legal in each state. This chart is kept updated regularly as tint laws can change periodically. Make yourself familiar with this chart and understand what the laws are where you live. You can view the current chart by clicking HERE. If you have particular questions about the Ohio law and how to interpret the chart, give us a call and we can walk you through the details.
Specific Laws in the State You are Traveling In – To make matters a bit more complicated, it is possible for you to receive a ticket for illegal window tinting even if your tint is legal within the state in which your car is registered. Many states have the discretion to determine if they wish to hold any vehicle traveling within that state to the vehicle laws of that state. In fairness, most states, even if they have the right, refer back to the laws in the state in which the vehicle is registered. Just be aware that this is a possibility.
What About a Medical Waiver? – Some states do have exemption to the law based on medical exemptions. This can be for things like skin sensitivity to the sun, eye sensitivity to the sun and other accepted reasons. These laws vary widely. The IWFA Chart mentioned above will tell you whether your state has a medical exemption, but not detail what that exemption is. Ohio does offer a medical waiver, but you would need to check with the DMV to determine what is allowed and what documentation you would need to qualify.
Differing Enforcement and Application of Existing Laws – After you completely understand the law and how it applies to you, there is one last factor that is completely unpredictable; the level of enforcement of the law. This is usually left completely up to the discretion of each police department within the state. Some rarely even consider issuing a citation for window tint while others enforce the law stringently. In addition, the remedy is each area can vary from paying a simple fine to being issued a “fix-it ticket”. If a ticket is issued to fix the violation, the vehicle owner would need to have the tint removed and have their vehicle inspected by the court.
We did not want to write this article to scare you regarding having your the window tint law, we just want to make sure you educate yourself to the laws regarding window tint in the Columbus, Ohio area. Because the window films we offer come in a variety of shades, you can choose the option that suits your needs and is legal for your particular situation. If you want a quote or to schedule an appointment for your vehicle, contact us by calling 614-649-5878. We have two convenient locations in Powell and Reynoldsburg to better serve you. We would be happy to discuss your options and provide you with a free, no obligation assessment and quotation on your particular vehicle. Come to Tint Works. #1 at window tinting Columbus Ohio!