Can I put after-market tinting on the windows of my vehicle?

The main requirements for legal window tinting in California are:

  1. The windshield and front driver's side and passenger's side windows cannot receive any aftermarket tinting.
  2. If the rear window of a vehicle is tinted, the vehicle must have outside rearview mirrors on both sides.

The law prohibits any person from driving any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows, with certain limited exceptions.

However, legislation signed into law effective January 1, 1999, exempts from the above prohibition specified clear, colorless, and transparent material that is installed, affixed, or applied to the front driver and passenger side windows for the specific purpose of reducing ultraviolet rays. If, as, or when this material becomes torn, bubbled or otherwise worn, it must be removed or replaced.

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1. Can I put after-market tinting on the windows of my vehicle?
2. How long will I have to wait until the vehicle can be released?
3. I don't understand. Why 30 days? I absolutely need my car.
4. Is it illegal to use my cellular telephone while I'm driving?
5. My (brother / sister / friend) borrowed the car." or "I did not know his/her license was suspended. Why am I responsible?
6. Why is driving without a valid driver's license so serious?
7. Why was my car impounded?