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Your Rights with Window Tint Exemption in Texas

Window tinting serves not only an aesthetic purpose but also provide significant health protections against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. In Texas, where the sun can be especially fierce, many drivers consider tinting their vehicle windows. However, it’s essential to adhere to state laws to ensure that your window tint is not only effective but legal. For individuals with specific medical conditions, Texas law allows exemptions from the standard window tint regulations. Here’s what you need to know about obtaining a medical exemption for window tint in the state of Texas.

Understanding the Standard Window Tint Laws in Texas

Before delving into exemptions, it’s important to understand the baseline legal standards for window tint in Texas. As per Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the standard legal limits for window tint are defined by the amount of light that can pass through the window (visible light transmission, or VLT):

  • Windshield: Tinting is allowed only on the top 5 inches or the AS-1 line, whichever comes first, and must not be reflective.
  • Front side windows: Must pass through more than 25% of light inside your car (25% VLT).
  • Back side windows and rear window: Any darkness can be used if the vehicle has outside rearview mirrors on both sides. Otherwise, a minimum of 25% VLT is required.

Qualifying for a Medical Exemption

For those with certain medical conditions that necessitate protection from direct sunlight and UV rays, obtaining a window tint exemption is possible. The Texas Department of Public Safety recognizes that some conditions require darker tints to shield individuals effectively.

To qualify for a medical exemption in Texas, you must provide a statement or prescription to law enforcement  from a licensed physician or optometrist. This documentation must clearly state:

  • The medical necessity for darker window tints.
  • The specific condition that necessitates this exemption.
  • The duration of the exemption (temporary or permanent). Typically determined by your condition.

Applying for the Exemption

Once you have the necessary medical documentation, the process for applying for an exemption with ForeverTint is very streamlined.

  • Initial Steps:
    • Individuals can start the process on our website here, by selecting your state and following the steps specific to your state
  • Consultation:
    • You will schedule a brief 5-10 minute phone consultation with one of our licensed physicians to verify your condition over the phone. No in person meetings or video calls. This step is crucial for verifying the medical condition and determining the necessity of the exemption.
  • Certification:
    • Once approved by our physician, you will receive a certificate via email, which serves as official proof of your window tint exemption in the state of Texas. This document must be kept in the vehicle at all times and presented during any law enforcement checks or inquiries regarding the window tint.

Legal Implications and Compliance

It’s crucial to comply with all aspects of the tinting laws once you have your exemption. Keep your exemption in your vehicle at all times. Law enforcement officers have the right to check the validity of your medical exemption, and non-compliance with the rules can lead to fines or revocation of the exemption and removal of your tint.

Additionally, it’s important to note that this exemption applies only within the state of Texas. If you travel outside of Texas, you may  be subject to the tinting laws of the state you are in, which may or may not recognize Texas’s medical exemption as valid.

Benefits Beyond Compliance

Aside from legal compliance, customers of ForeverTint can enjoy several benefits from medically exempted window tinting in Texas:

  • Enhanced Privacy and Security: Darker windows prevent passersby from easily seeing into the vehicle, providing both privacy and a deterrent against theft.
  • Increased Comfort and Efficiency: Tinted windows help keep your car cooler under the hot Texas sun, reducing the need for air conditioning and improving fuel efficiency.
  • Protection from UV Rays: Effective shielding from UV exposure helps protect sensitive individuals from potential health risks associated with sun exposure.

Navigating the requirements for a medical window tint exemption in Texas requires careful attention to detail and adherence to state regulations. For individuals who qualify, these exemptions are not just about comfort but are a necessity for protecting health. At ForeverTint, we specialize in assisting our customers through every step of this process, ensuring that they can enjoy the benefits of tinted windows legally and safely. Remember, staying informed and compliant is key to enjoying the advantages of your medically exempted window tint.