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reidconti
08-30-2005, 01:43 PM
Heya... I'm originally from Seattle, but I've been in San Jose for 3 or so years.

I'm thinking of getting my windows tinted, but am not sure what to do. I see 70% is legal front sides, and then anything goes the rest of the way around.. correct?

I find this kind of annoying, since you could do 35% all the way around in WA.

Do the cops seem to care? They don't seem to care about much around here, so I'm sure I could find a place to set me up with 35% all the way around (or 50 or whatever)...

Or I could do 70% all the way around, or 70% front and darker on the back sides and rear.. but frankly I really dislike the look of having darker windows in back, and I might prefer just to do 70% all around for that discreet but not-blacked-out look.

Or maybe I'll just have it tinted in WA.. or perhaps register the car up there (still have a permanent address there) and have it tinted, so when I bring it back it'll be legal.. of course if I decide to take up residence here, then I'm screwed again if I get caught.

any hints?

thanks!

- reid

totoro4440
09-27-2005, 08:39 PM
CHP says ANY tint is illegal in CA. :mad:

reidconti
09-27-2005, 08:49 PM
Well then, you've been lied to.

I think it's 70% front side windows, and no limit (!!) on the rear and rear sides. The 4" tint band on the front windshield is no limit also I think.

AsianImage
09-27-2005, 09:09 PM
you can tint the rear and back windows ONLY.

NO TINT whatsoever on the driver side and front passenger side and no windshield.

70% you heard is incorrect. in CA...NO TINT period on the front windows.

plastique999
09-27-2005, 10:54 PM
Agreed....no tint on the front windows....I just got a ticket in Hollywood for this, and that's what he told me....gonna try to fight it with a medical exemption however...

jdouville
10-01-2005, 11:09 PM
This is a table I pulled from another thread...is this out of date?


Legal tinting in all states

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STATE, SIDES FRONT, SIDES REAR, BACK, WINDOW VISOR NET/FILM
AL 32% 32% 32% 6" NET
AK 70% 40% 40% 5" NET
AZ 33% ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
AR 25% 25% 10% 5" NET
CA 70% ANY% ANY% 4" NET
CO* 27% 27% 27% 4" NET
CO* NO% ANY% ANY% 4" NET
CT 35% 35% ANY% AS1 NET
DE 70% ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
FL 28% 15% 15% AS1 NET
GA 32% 32% 32% 6" NET
HI 35% 35% 35% 4" NET
ID 35% 20% 35% AS1 FILM
IL NO ANY% ANY% 6" NET
IN 30% 30% 30% AS1 ?
IA 70% ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
KS 35% 35% 35% AS1 NET
KY 35% 18% 18% AS1 FILM
LA 40% 25% 12% AS1 NET
MA 35% 35% 35% 6" NET
ME 50% 50% 50% 4" FILM
MD 35% 35% 35% 5" NET
MI ? ANY% ANY% 4" NET
MN 50% 50% 50% NO ?
MO 35% ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
MS 35% 35% 35% AS1 NET
MT 35% 20% 20% AS1 FILM
NE 35% 20% 20% AS1 OR 5" FILM
NV 35% ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
NH NO 35% 35% 6" NET
NJ NO ANY% ANY% NO NET
NM 20% 20% 20% AS1 OR 5" NET
NY 70% 70% ANY% 6" NET
NC 35% 35% 35% AS1 NET
ND 50% ANY% ANY% 70% NET
OH 50% ANY% ANY% 70% NET
OK 25% 25% 25% AS1 OR 5" NET
OR 35% 35% 35% 6" NET
PA 70% 70% 70% NO NET
RI 70% 70% 70% AS1 NET
SC 27% 27% 27% AS1 NET
SD 35% 20% 20% AS1 NET
TN 35% 35% 35% AS1 NET
TX 25% 25% ANY% AS1 OR 5" NET
UT 43% ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
VT NO ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
VA 50% 35% 35% AS1 NET
WA 35% 35% 35% 6" FILM
WV 35% 35% 35% 5" NET
WI 50% 35% 35% AS1 NET
WY 28% 28% 28% AS1 OR 5" NET
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kjb
10-18-2005, 08:14 PM
http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/streetlegal.html

Keith

jaydoc1
10-18-2005, 08:22 PM
http://www.chp.ca.gov/html/streetlegal.html

Keith

If this isn't typical of no common sense governmental thinking:

"No driving with your parking lights on. Factory full-time running lights, however, are legal."

So (if I lived in CA) I have to buy a car with full time running lights from the factory? I can't activate them myself by pushing the little button on my dash?
:tsk:

kjb
10-18-2005, 08:28 PM
No, not that bad. Just to "encourage" you to use your headlights at dawn and dusk.

Dave 330i
10-18-2005, 08:57 PM
Most Common Equipment Violations

Registration Papers Not Available (4454a V.C.)Horn Required (27000 V.C.) No Mirror On Left 26709a V.C.) Damaged or Inoperative Rear Lighting (24252 V.C.) Tape on Taillamps (26101 V.C.) Fuel Cap Missing (27155 V.C.) Tinted Forward Windows (26708a V.C.) Red or Amber Bug Screens or Covered Headlamps (26701 V.C.) CCR Title 13 Section 692 (24012 V.C.) No Windshield Wipers (26706a V.C.) Off Highway Lights - not covered or too many (24411 V.C.)Headlamps Out (24400 V.C.)Fog Lights - improper height / out of adjustment (24403 V.C.) No Front Plate (5200 V.C.) Expired Registration (4000a V.C.) Aftermarket Flashing Brake Lights (26100 V.
CALIFORNIA CODES
VEHICLE CODE

26708. (a) (1) No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any
object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied
upon the windshield or side or rear windows.

(2) No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any object or
material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied in or
upon the vehicle which obstructs or reduces the driver's clear
view through the windshield or side windows.

(3) This subdivision applies to a person driving a motor vehicle
with the driver's clear vision through the windshield, or side or
rear windows, obstructed by snow or ice.
(b) This section does not apply to any of the following:

(1) Rearview mirrors.

(2) Adjustable nontransparent sunvisors which are mounted forward
of the side windows and are not attached to the glass.

(3) Signs, stickers, or other materials which are displayed in a
7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed
from the driver, signs, stickers, or other materials which are
displayed in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the rear window
farthest removed from the driver, or signs, stickers, or other materials
which are displayed in a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the
windshield nearest the driver.

(4) Side windows which are to the rear of the driver.

(5) Direction, destination, or termini signs upon a passenger common
carrier motor vehicle or a schoolbus, if those signs do not interfere
with the driver's clear view of approaching traffic.

(6) Rear window wiper motor.

(7) Rear trunk lid handle or hinges.

(8) The rear window or windows, when the motor vehicle is equipped
with outside mirrors on both the left- and right-hand sides of the
vehicle that are so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the
highway through each mirror for a distance of at least 200 feet to the
rear of the vehicle.

(9) A clear, transparent lens affixed to the side window opposite the
driver on a vehicle greater than 80 inches in width and which occupies
an area not exceeding 50 square inches of the lowest corner toward the
rear of that window and which provides the driver with a wide-angle view
through the lens.

(10) Sun screening devices meeting the requirements of Section 26708.2
installed on the side windows on either side of the vehicle's front seat,
if the driver or a passenger in the front seat has in his or her
possession a letter or other document signed by a licensed physician and
surgeon certifying that the person must be shaded from the sun due to a
medical condition, or has in his or her possession a letter or other
document signed by a licensed optometrist certifying that the person must
be shaded from the sun due to a visual condition. The devices authorized
by this paragraph shall not be used during darkness.

(11) An electronic communication device affixed to the center uppermost
portion of the interior of a windshield within an area that is not greater
than 5 inches square, if the device provides either of the following:

(A) The capability for enforcement facilities of the Department of the
California Highway Patrol to communicate with a vehicle equipped with
the device.

(B) The capability for electronic toll and traffic management on public
or private roads or facilities.

(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), transparent material may be installed,
affixed, or applied to the topmost portion of the windshield if the following
conditions apply:

(1) The bottom edge of the material is at least 29 inches above the
undepressed driver's seat when measured from a point 5 inches in front
of the bottom of the backrest with the driver's seat in its rearmost
and lowermost position with the vehicle on a level surface.

(2) The material is not red or amber in color.

(3) There is no opaque lettering on the material and any other lettering
does not affect primary colors or distort vision through the windshield.

(4) The material does not reflect sunlight or headlight glare into the
eyes of occupants of oncoming or following vehicles to any greater extent
than the windshield without the material.

(d) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), clear, colorless, and transparent
material may be installed, affixed, or applied to the front side windows,
located to the immediate left and right of the front seat if the following
conditions are met:

(1) The material has a minimum visible light transmittance of 88 percent.

(2) The window glazing with the material applied meets all requirements
of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205 (49 C.F.R. 571.205),
including the specified minimum light transmittance of 70 percent and
the abrasion resistance of AS-14 glazing, as specified in that federal
standard.

(3) The material is designed and manufactured to enhance the ability
of the existing window glass to block the sun's harmful ultraviolet A rays.

(4) The driver has in his or her possession, or within the vehicle,
a certificate signed by the installing company certifying that the
windows with the material installed meet the requirements of this
subdivision and identifies the installing company and the material's
manufacturer by full name and street address, or, if the material was
installed by the vehicle owner, a certificate signed by the material's
manufacturer certifying that the windows with the material installed
according to manufacturer's instructions meets the requirements of this
subdivision and identifies the material's manufacturer by full name
and street address.

(5) If the material described in this subdivision tears or bubbles,
or is otherwise worn to prohibit clear vision, it shall be removed
or replaced.

Amended Sec. 77, Ch. 1154, Stats. 1996. Effective September 30, 1996.
Amended Sec. 1, Ch. 476, Stats. 1998. Effective January 1, 1999.

26708.2. Sun screening devices permitted by paragraph (10) of
subdivision (b) of Section 26708 shall meet the following
requirements:
(a) The devices shall be held in place by means allowing ready
removal from the window area, such as a frame, a rigid material with
temporary fasteners, or a flexible roller shade.
(b) Devices utilizing transparent material shall be green, gray,
or a neutral smoke in color and shall have a luminous transmittance
of not less than 35 percent.
(c) Devices utilizing nontransparent louvers or other alternating
patterns of opaque and open sections shall have an essentially
uniform pattern over the entire surface, except for framing and
supports. At least 35 percent of the device area shall be open and
no individual louver or opaque section shall have a projected
vertical dimension exceeding 3/16 inch.
(d) The devices shall not have a reflective quality exceeding 35
percent on either the inner or outer surface.

26708.5. (a) No person shall place, install, affix, or apply any
transparent material upon the windshield, or side or rear windows, of
any motor vehicle if the material alters the color or reduces the
light transmittance of the windshield or side or rear windows, except
as provided in subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 26708.
(b) Tinted safety glass may be installed in a vehicle if (1) the
glass complies with motor vehicle safety standards of the United
States Department of Transportation for safety glazing materials, and
(2) the glass is installed in a location permitted by those
standards for the particular type of glass used.

26710. It is unlawful to operate any motor vehicle upon a highway
when the windshield or rear window is in such a defective condition
as to impair the driver's vision either to the front or rear.
In the event any windshield or rear window fails to comply with
this code the officer making the inspection shall direct the driver
to make the windshield and rear window conform to the requirements of
this code within 48 hours. The officer may also arrest the driver
and give him notice to appear and further require the driver or the
owner of the vehicle to produce in court satisfactory evidence that
the windshield or rear window has been made to conform to the
requirements of this code.

bmw330pp
10-19-2005, 11:21 AM
Heya... I'm originally from Seattle, but I've been in San Jose for 3 or so years.

I'm thinking of getting my windows tinted, but am not sure what to do. I see 70% is legal front sides, and then anything goes the rest of the way around.. correct?

I find this kind of annoying, since you could do 35% all the way around in WA.

Do the cops seem to care? They don't seem to care about much around here, so I'm sure I could find a place to set me up with 35% all the way around (or 50 or whatever)...

Or I could do 70% all the way around, or 70% front and darker on the back sides and rear.. but frankly I really dislike the look of having darker windows in back, and I might prefer just to do 70% all around for that discreet but not-blacked-out look.

Or maybe I'll just have it tinted in WA.. or perhaps register the car up there (still have a permanent address there) and have it tinted, so when I bring it back it'll be legal.. of course if I decide to take up residence here, then I'm screwed again if I get caught.

any hints?

thanks!

- reid
Depending, on where you are at. Where you live, you will most likely get ticketed because of the low crime rate. It all depends if the local police department has "bigger fish to fry" basically.

One-Way
10-26-2005, 11:50 PM
California is stupid. They'll give you tickets for anything. A lot of people have 5% all around and don't usually get tickets, it all depends on luck and if your city has a lot of cops. My city, Glendale, has A LOT of cops. That's why I got 35% on my two front windows and 5% for everything else.

reidconti
10-27-2005, 12:18 AM
well, if tinting your front sides is illegal, and you get away with 35%, seems like they won't exactly "ticket you for anything." Seems like you can get away with a lot more in most parts of CA than you can get away with in most places...