Does my window require a window tint label?
In the past, the language of 547.609 of the Texas Transportation Code was interpreted by the Department as requiring one label for one car regardless of how many windows had sun screening devices applied to them. As a result, in Chapter 21 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) we have only required that one label be attached to the rearmost, bottom corner of the driver’s side window of the vehicle. The only information required on those labels by the Department was the manufacturer’s name and a statement indicating that the sun screening device met our standards (“Complies with DPS” or “Complies with 37 Texas Administrative Code (TAC)”).
The new amendments to 547 of the Texas Transportation Code make the legislature’s intent more clear. The language appears to indicate that these labels should be applied to every window to which a sun screening device is applied. As a result, Vehicle Inspection is in the process of rewriting Chapter 21 TAC to require labels on every window to which a sun screening device is applied. The new information required on the label has not been completely determined. It must have a statement indicating that the film with which it is applied meets Texas Transportation Code 547.613(b) standards. Vehicle Inspection is still deciding what kind of installer information to include.
Are there any exemptions available, should a medical condition require that I place dark tint on my vehicle? In certain cases, you may obtain department approval to place darker tint on your vehicle’s windows. The department approves tint exemptions on a case-by-case basis.
Motorists may request a medical exemption for window tinting requirements from the Texas Department of Public Safety by sending a written request and a signed statement from a licensed physician or licensed optometrist. This statement should state that it is his or her opinion that the exemption is necessary to safeguard the motorist’s health.
The request should include the motorist’s name, address, and telephone number and their request for a medical exemption to window tinting restrictions. Once issued, the exemption letter from the department should be carried in the vehicle that has the darker tint applied. The written request and physician/optometrist statement should be sent to the following address:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Attn: Vehicle Services Bureau
PO Box 14900
Austin, TX 78761-4900
Note: The medical exemption allows motorists to place a darker tint on the side windows and the upper portion of the front windshield (top 5 inches or above the AS-1 line, whichever is less). The exemption does not, however, allow a motorist to place a sun screening device on the rest of the front windshield. Motorists are allowed to place a clear (un-tinted) UV film anywhere on the front windshield without a medical exemption being required.
If you buy window tint and have it applied, make sure it meets or exceeds the laws of your state. Buy tint and block the heat. Buy transparent films, block the heat; but not the light. Buy films like CK 70 (virtually transparent).