Michigan window tint laws accept tint up to 4 inches from the top of your windshield and front side windows. Any level of tint is allowed for the back-side and rear windows.
If you want to add extra privacy to your vehicle, you can't go wrong with tinted windows. Though tinted windows are both stylish and practical, having a tint too dark can affect your visibility on the road—which is why each state has limits for the level of tint they allow.
What is the visible light transmission percentage?
Visible light transmission (VLT) percentage represents how much light can pass through the film on a tinted window. Each state has its own rules regarding this percentage.
Higher VLT means more light can pass through the film. For example, an 85% VLT means 85% of the light hitting your window can pass through your tint, while a 5% VLT—common for limo drivers—only allows 5% of the light to pass through, resulting in complete privacy.
VLT is the measurement on which states base window tint laws, but Michigan law doesn’t specify VLT.
What is the Michigan window tint law?
You are not allowed to use silver or gold colors of tint.
Michigan window tint law does not require that the manufacturer certify the tint used for your vehicle or that you use a sticker to indicate legal tinting—though more forgiving requirements also mean harsher punishments for not complying with state law.
Michigan does allow darker tints in case of medical exemptions. Exemption applications can be filed through either a physician or optimist and given to drivers with a higher sensitivity to light.
A medically exempt tint cannot interfere with or obscure the driver's clear vision of the highway or intersecting highway.
Penalties for violating the window tint law
Violation of Michigan window tint law will result in a civil infraction, requiring the driver to pay a $95 fine and gain two points on their license.
Though there are many ways to offset the points system, accumulating 12 points will result in the suspension of your license.