Q: Can you be cited for illegal window tint if you recently purchased the vehicle through a dealer? Can the auto dealer can be charged with the violation?
A: Citations can be issued to you and the dealer that sold you the vehicle with the illegal window tint.
The law says that a new motor vehicle dealer, used motor vehicle dealer or motor vehicle lessor may not sell or lease a motor vehicle at retail for registration in Minnesota that does not meet the glazing material requirements.
The law also says no person shall sell or offer for sale, or use on any motor vehicle, windows or windshields that are composed of, covered by or treated with material that fails to comply. In addition, no person shall apply or offer to apply, as part of a business transaction, material to motor vehicle windows or windshields that fails to comply. This states that those people or businesses that apply an illegal amount of tint are also in violation. Those that violate this can be charged with a misdemeanor.
•No vehicle can have any tint to the front windshield.
•Passenger cars are limited to 50 percent on all side and rear windows.
•Pickups, vans, and SUVs are limited to 50 percent on the front side windows.
•Pickups, vans, and SUVs are not limited on the rear side and rear windows. (Can be less than 50 percent behind the front seat).
•Squad cars, limousines, and vehicles used to transport human remains by a funeral establishment are not limited on the side and rear windows.
If you would like to know if your vehicle is in compliance, check with your local law enforcement agency or the State Patrol. Most agencies and officers have equipment to check tint levels.
A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at [email protected]