Darkest Legal Tint for Cars: This is How Dark You Can Go On Private and Commercial Vehicles
We get lots of customers asking about the darkest legal tint for their car, and how dark they should go. The most common enquiry we get is, ‘What is the darkest legal tint for a private vehicle?’, which is our Black Tint.
Below is everything else you need to know about legal tints, including a few questions to ask yourself before deciding on a tint.
Darkest legal car window tinting
Private or commercial?
The darkest legal car window tint will depend on whether it is a private or commercial vehicle. Commercial vehicles are allowed darker tints than private ones.
Private vehicles – Black Tint is our darkest legal tint
Black Tint is our darkest legal tint for private vehicles, and is definitely our most popular.
Black tint has a VLT (visible light transmitted) reading of 35%. This means that only 35% of natural light from the sun is allowed in through your windows.
If you apply a darker tint to a private vehicle, you may run into some problems. For example, the police might pull you over and make you remove the tint at your own cost (they have devices to test the VLT of your tint). Also, if you are involved in an accident, having an ‘illegal for road use’ tint may make your insurance claims invalid.
Commercial vehicles – legal tints for business use
According to the law in Queensland, commercial vehicles (for business use) are allowed darker tints than private vehicles.
Our commercial grade tints are available in 20%, 15% and 5% VLT.
So our darkest legal tint for commercial vehicles allows only 5% of light to pass through your windows and into your vehicle.
Read more about our commercial car window tints.
Queensland car window tinting laws
Tinting laws in Queensland set minimum amounts of VLT (visible light transmitted) for your car windows. And your windscreen must have a higher VLT than your side and back windows.
Your car windscreen must be at least 75% VLT (for cars built after 1971)—which rules out most tints.
However, the top area of your windscreen (above where the wipers reach) can be tinted darker than 75% in a strip.
Back and side windows
Your back and side windows must be at least 35% VLT. To find out more, read this article published by Queensland Police: To Tint or Not to Tint – Are your Car Windows too Dark?
What state is your car registered?
Each state in Australia has different laws about how dark a tint can be. So, if you are planning on getting a tint done with us in Queensland, but your car is registered in another state (where you intend on driving it most of the time), this may cause issues.
You’ll need to do your research and check the relevant government website to make sure you’re not breaking any laws in that state before getting your car windows tinted with us.
Why do you want the darkest legal tint for your car?
When choosing a very dark tint, it’s important to make sure you’re choosing it for the right reasons. You may not need a dark tint to achieve the amount of heat, glare and UV reduction that you’re after.
Light and heat?
Many people choose the darkest legal tint for their car for sun protection and cooling reasons. Dark tints are naturally very good at reducing heat, light, glare and UV. So if reducing heat is your main concern, a dark tint is a good fit.
Security and privacy?
If you own a commercial vehicle, you may want a very dark tint for security reasons. Many businesses don’t want people to be able to easily see into their car windows—for example, when they’re parked in the street.
Dark tints can reduce theft and give added privacy for commercial vehicles.
Many customers want to reduce UV rays from entering their windows. This protects their skin as well as the car’s interior from fading. However, you don’t need a really dark tint to reduce UV rays.