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 Posted: 12:10 PM July 01, 2009

Q: I have received quite a few questions in the past couple of weeks regarding regulations for vehicle window tinting. We are entering the time of year when many people consider darkening their windows so the following information may prove helpful to some. Just remember, if you choose to ignore the regulations you are giving law enforcement the legal right to stop you and you may be issued a citation for $242.

A: 1. Tinting material can be applied to the side and rear windows of a vehicle if the total light transmittance through the window with tinting applied is 35 percent or more (tinting material has a reflectance of 13 percent or less and transmittance of 50 percent or more).

2. Tinting material may only be applied to the top 6 inches of the windshield.

3. Tinting material that is not permitted includes: Red, gold, amber, yellow and black material, mirror finish and tinting material that is in liquid pre-application form and brushed or sprayed on.

4. A certificate provided by the person who installed the window tinting shall be kept inside the vehicle to be shown to a police officer who questions the tinting.

There are sections in the law that address "multi-passenger vehicles" and tinting for medical reasons. See 815.221 in the Oregon Traffic Code if this could apply to you. Also, be aware that if an installer will only accept cash and/or will not provide you with a certificate it is a very good indication that the tinting being applied is illegal.

Send your questions to Have information and don't want to talk to an officer? Call the APD Anonymous Tip Line at 552-2333

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