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Iowa Window Tint Law Iowa Tint Law Enacted: 1983

Window tinting laws vary from state to state and province to province. Before applying any window tinting materials, you should thoroughly review the appropriate state regulations as well as local enforcement policies to insure compliance with all applicable standards.

HOW DARK CAN WINDOW TINT BE IN IOWA?

Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Iowa, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window.

Windshield Non-reflective tint is allowed along the top of the windshield above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
Front Side Windows Must allow more than 70% of light in.
Back Side Windows Any darkness can be used.
Rear Window Any darkness can be used.

HOW REFLECTIVE CAN THE TINT BE IN IOWA?

Similar to sunglass lenses, some tinting film contain metallic elements that help in reflecting incoming light and reducing the glare and heat generated by visible light.

Front Side Windows Not excessive reflectiveness, law is not specific.
Back Side Windows Not excessive reflectiveness, law is not specific.

OTHER IOWA RULES AND REGULATIONS

Restricted Colors No colors of tint are explicitly banned.
Side Mirrors No restrictions.
Certificate Requirements Manufacturers of film do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.
Sticker Requirements No sticker to identify legal tinting is required.
Medical Exemption Iowa Administrative Rule 761 IAC 450.7(3) took effect July 4, 2012. The rule eliminates the provision that allowed the Iowa Department of Transportation to grant a medical exemption from the minimum standard of window transparency provision set forth in subrule 450.7(2) and permit dark window tinting of a vehicle registered in Iowa. - See more at: http://www.news.iowadot.gov/newsandinfo/2012/07/medical-exemption-allowing-window-tinting-no-longer-being-granted.html#sthash.RQbrho2s.dpuf. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.