Australian Car window tinting laws, limits and regulations

The darkness or VLT (Visible light transmission) of the window film that you choose to have applied to your vehicle is very important. There are many complications that come with a window film being installed on your vehicle that doesn't comply with the limits and regulations in your state. Some people may believe that "The darker the window film, the more heat you will reduce from entering the glass." This is false!

The heat rejection of a window film is generally determined by the quality of the window film itself, and the components used during construction of the product. A light metal based car window film can reject far more heat than a darker dye based product. And the rejection of Ultra Violet light doesn't vary between the darkness of the film in almost every single case. A darker film will reduce more light which will often result in poor vision out of the glass whilst driving at night.

A darker or over reflective then legal car window film can produce the following issues:

* Poor night visibility when viewing out of the glass, which could result in an accident
* Your vehicle being defected by authorities where removal would then be required
* Failure to be passed for registration during registration inspection
* Your window film
manufacturers warranty being void due to films darkness

However, the biggest issue for a vehicle owner that has a window film installed that doesn't meet the requirements of the state that the vehicle is registered in, is that the motor vehicle insurance for that vehicle is nul and void. And if an accident was to occur, in which the insurance company deemed that the darkness of the window film could have contributed to the accident, then the owner of that vehicle could likely face further prosecution. Hence the importance of compliance.

All states of Australia require a minimum VLT limit of 35% for the front drivers and passengers window, that simply means that a minimum of 35% of light must pass through the glass after the film is installed. Laws regarding the remainder of the glass behind the driver does vary depending on the type of vehicle, and the state that the vehicle is registered in. There is currently a push to unify the car window tinting limits in each state of Australia, but please refer to the following links to clarify the limits in your state:  

Australian Automotive Window Tinting laws and limits

Please click on each state to view Roads And Traffics vehcile tinting darkness limits.


New South Wales



Western Australia

South Australia

Northern Territory


For further info on window tinting limits, please contact the Roads and Traffic authority in your state.


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