Iowa Window Tint Laws and Legal Limit


Our customers ask us all the time, “What’s the legal limit for window tint in Iowa, and what exactly are the window tint laws for the state of Iowa?”

Legally you can’t have tint on your front door windows. The law states that your front door windows must read at least 70% visibility, and even thought your front windows look “clear”, the glass actually reads around 75% visibility. So legally you can’t put tint on your front door windows in Iowa.

Do people tint their front windows anyway? YES, it’s up to you.


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So to make things easier, we decided to add a page on our website (you’re on it right now) that describes exactly what the Iowa laws are for Window Tint, and whether or not you can get an exception from your doctor to have your window tint darker than the legal limit according to the Iowa Window Tint laws.

The first thing you need to know:

As of July 4th 2012, Iowa no longer grants exemptions for windows to be tinted beyond the legal limit due to medical conditions.

Second, the legal limit for window tint according to the Iowa Window Tint Law is that you must allow 70% of light to pass through your FRONT DOOR WINDOWS and WINDSHIELD (in other words, 70% visibility).

There is NO limit to how dark you can tint your rear door windows and back windshield.

You can tint your windshield down the the “AS1” line at the top of your windshield on the sides.

Keep in mind: A “clear” front door window or windshield (the way it comes from the factory with no tint on it) only allows about 75% of light or visibility because the glass is not completely “clear”.

So, adding any window tint at all will put your windows over the legal window tint limit.
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Keep Your Kids Happy and Safe in the Car


Being a father I’ve learned a few things, and one of them is that if your child is uncomfortable or unhappy in the car, you’re in for a LONG and ANNOYING ride!

We’ve all been there; you’re on your way to the store, on the way home or on a road trip and your precious kids in the back seat aren’t acting so cute and sweet…

Over time (being the owner of a window tint shop) I’ve experienced first hand how much more comfortable (and peaceful) your kids will be after you’ve decided to keep the glare and heat of the sun out of their eyes and off of their skin!

In fact, my daughter can actually look out the window and enjoy the trees and sky as we drive, which is a miracle because she now keeps herself entertained so I don’t have to while I’m trying to drive us safely to our destination.

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Here’s a few facts for you, because let’s be honest, you’re probably not a window tint expert, but that’s okay!

  • The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends window tint as part of a comprehensive sun protection program. This recommendation often comes as a surprise because most people think only of outdoor sun safety when they think of skin cancer prevention, and don’t realize that the sun harms your skin just as much while you’re in your car as it does when you’re on the beach (even in the winter time)!
  • Many people buy window tint for aesthetic reasons but the main reason often cited by motorists opting for tinted windows is to block out the sun and keep their skin safe from UV Rays and Infrared Radiation.
  • The “factory tint” that comes stock on the back of minivans, SUVs and trucks blocks almost no UV, IR Radiation or Heat, so having high performance window tint installed is highly recommended both for the safety and comfort of the driver as well as passengers and children.

I think any smart parent can see that high performance window tint is considered a must if you’re at all concerned for the safety and comfort of your children (or if you crave a calm and peaceful car ride with your kids!)

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Give us a call for more information on our high performance window tint. We can answer all of your questions such as Pricing, Availability, How it works and more!