The current Louisiana laws regarding tint percentage information were initially enacted in 1993. Here is what you need to know about these regulations to ensure that your experience meets your expectations with what is currently legal.
When reviewing Louisiana's laws and tint percentage information, you'll see the term VLT used a lot. It stands for "Visible Light Transmission."
Each window tint and film come with a VLT rating. If you have a VLT 25 product installed, it will allow more than 25% of the available light through the window.
Here is an overview of the current regulations.
Louisiana allows non-reflective tint to be on windshields of sedans, SUVs, and vans above the manufacturer’s AS1 line or the top five inches of the glass.
Front Side Windows:
The front side windows must allow more than 40% of available light into the interior of all vehicles.
Back Side Windows:
If you drive a sedan in Metairie, your back side windows must allow more than 25% of the available light through the glass. When you operate a van or an SUV, it can be any VLT rating.
A sedan’s rear window must have a maximum VLT 12 rating for it to be considered a legal installation. SUVs and vans can have any darkness installed.
Window tints cannot be more than 20% reflective in Louisiana, with red and amber colors forbidden. Manufacturers must certify the films they sell, and stickers to identify legal work are mandatory.
The penalty for a first offense is $150.