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Old 07-14-2019, 01:09 PM   #1
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Default NYS Inspections - Tint

Just picked up a 2019 WRX Limited. Have a question for NY state owners. I am being told we cannot tint the front windows at all (drivers and passengers) as its now part of the inspection process. Let me know your experiences with this and what have you done to bypass the test.
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Old 07-14-2019, 01:13 PM   #2
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You can have a light tint... but make sure whoever tints it, knows the right shade... I got a ticket for both front windows $140 plus for each window.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:25 PM   #3
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You can have a light tint... but make sure whoever tints it, knows the right shade... I got a ticket for both front windows $140 plus for each window.


What did you have?
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:44 PM   #4
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You can have a light tint as stated. I believe no more than a 30% or so. I have 50% tints on my fronts and had to get them removed before I could get my car inspected.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:47 PM   #5
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70% of the light has to be able to pass through..which is super light. Inspection shops are supposed to used a meter to read the darkness as per the DMV regulations. Depending on the shop some places don't even bother checking... Other than that register it out of state lol.
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:20 PM   #6
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From the NYS DMV website...

"Section 375 (12-a) of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law does not allow a windshield or front side windows that are dark.

The windshield and front side windows cannot block more than 30% of the light.
Seventy percent or more of the light from the outside must pass through the window.

This law also applies to the rear window unless the vehicle has outside rear-view mirrors on both sides.
The mirrors must give the driver a full and clear view behind the vehicle.

Rear side windows must also allow at least seventy percent of light from the outside to pass through the window if the vehicle is classified as a
station wagon
sedan
hardtop
coupe
hatchback
convertible
A vehicle falls into one of these categories if it is labeled “Passenger Car” on the Federal ID label found on the left front door panel.

It is illegal to sell, offer for sale, or install glass that does not comply with this law. It is illegal to operate a vehicle with glass that does not comply with this law."
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Old 07-31-2019, 07:16 PM   #7
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It was always a law. But last year they actually introduced the tint meter into the inspection process. Every year you have to get inspected. You either have to find “a guy” or take the tint off, get inspected and reinstall after. 70% is pretty much what comes from the factory so anything darker will fail. I’ve had tinted windows my whole life and had to remove the front last year.
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