South Australia Tint Laws

South Australia tint laws do not allow tinting on front windshield. Front side windows may have 35% VLT tint. All windows behind driver may have 20% VLT.

Front Windshield

Top 10%

Front Side Windows

35% VLT

Back Side Windows

20% VLT

Rear Windshield

20% VLT

Window tint laws in South Australia (SA) are very clear and easy to understand and don’t leave much for interpretation.

Front windshield tint is allowed only on top 10% of the window, or alternatively above the highest point swept by windshield wipers. This does not prohibit installing clear and transparent frost glazing or UV shields.

Front side windows may have 35% VLT tint film applied. These are windows in front of, or immediate left or right of the driver seat.

All windows behind driver seat including back side windows and rear windshield may be tinted with 20% VLT.

South Australia Window Tint FAQ

What is VLT percentage?

VLT stands for visible light transmission and determines how much light is blocked from passing through. For example 35% VLT would block 65% of light from coming through. Use the tint darkness tool below for a preview of VLT.

Is reflective tint allowed in South Australia?

South Australia tint laws do not permit using tint film with more than 10% reflectance. No distortion or bubbling is permitted.

Are there window tint medical exemptions in South Australia?

South Australia makes no exceptions for any medical conditions which would allow using darker than normal window tint.

Does window tint in South Australia require certificates or stickers?

By South Australia tint laws there are no special certificate or stickers required on tint film.

Which vehicles can have rear windows tinted in South Australia?

Vehicles designed to carry goods, vehicle for which their construction doesn’t allow it, or vehicles in which there is no need to see through windows behind driver while driving may have any tint darkness on all windows behind driver. This includes trucks, panel vans, hearses, limousines, buses, utility or other similar vehicles. It does not include SUVs.

Can windows inside vehicles be tinted?

According to South Australia laws any windows in the interior of the vehicle can legally have 70% VLT.

Are factory-made tinted windshields legal in South Australia?

Front windshields may have up to 70% VLT only if manufactured as such. This does not allow after-market tinting film.

Tint Darkness Preview:

Drag the slider to preview tint darkness. Actual results can vary based on tint film, interior and exterior light sources, and other factors. Tool provided by CarTintLaw.

Sources & References

You can verify all information about legal South Australia window tinting on the following:

  1. Government of South Australia, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure – Window Tinting on Vehicles
    https://australiatintlaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/South-Australia-Window-Tint-Fact-Sheet.pdf
  2. Government of South Australia, Department for Infrastructure and Transport – Window tinting
    https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/vehicles/vehicle-standards-and-modifications/window-tinting

Our legal experts keep South Australia tint laws continuously up to date. But, we always recommend verifying it with official sources above. All info provided here is for informational purposes only. No part should be considered substitute for professional legal advice.

Last update: February 19, 2024.