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Tinted Glass: All You Should Know About

What You Should Know About Tinted Glass
Written by saira munsif

Much is said and speculated about tinted glass or darkened windows in cars, which are becoming more and more common in vehicles. Whether for safety, comfort, privacy or fashion, they decide to tint the windows of their car.

In hot cities it is a frequent practice because the sun generates effects on the vehicle , where a darker glass helps to reduce the temperature inside the vehicle, also reduces the effect of the sun on the interior plastic parts and finally contributes improve driver visibility.

In today’s post we will talk about tinted or darkened windows: what they are for, how much they protect, the procedures and regulations.

What are they for?

In general, protective films are installed on the side windows, a sheet that adheres to the glass and reduces the effects of the sun’s rays, making it darker and cooler. This is usually especially useful in areas with very high temperatures where filtering some of the sunlight helps to have a more comfortable temperature inside the car.

There is also the security film, which is a protective sheet that sticks to the glass of a car to prevent that, when it breaks, it causes injury to either the driver or its passengers. In addition, it also serves to regulate the passage of sunlight into the passenger compartment of the car.

How much does it protect?

In the case of security films, it serves to protect the occupants in the event of a direct hit on the glass, it prevents the splinters from turning against the occupants. However, the film is not armor as such and in no way does it help to contain a shot from a firearm.

As for the fears that a car with the film could trap its occupants inside in the event of an accident, the experts assure that this is not true, since the protection gives way after several blows and can be removed entirely, without leaving fragments. Glass in the window frames, which is ultimately beneficial to the occupants.


To request permission to install tinted windows in a vehicle with a darker film than those established in Colombian legislation, the following documentation must be presented to the National Police:

  • Request addressed to the Central Director of the Judicial Police of the National Police.
  • Copy of the consignment receipt to the respective command, be it Metropolitan or Police Department for the value of twenty current legal minimum daily wages (20 SMDLV), equivalent to the costs of the personal safety study and the technical review of the car.
  • Certificate issued by the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, in which the need is justified for health reasons. If the vehicle has armor, attach a resolution from the Superintendency of Surveillance and Private Security, where it authorizes the armor and the level.
  • Photocopy of the traffic license and mandatory vehicle insurance.
  • Peace and safe of taxes and levies of the vehicle.
  • Photocopy of the citizenship card of the interested party or NIT of the legal person.
  • Certificate of the Chamber of Commerce for a legal entity, where the names of the legal representative and persons who will be holders of the permit appear registered, with issuance not exceeding 30 days.
  • Residence certificate of the person who will use the permit issued by the Police Commander of the place.
  • Valid judicial certificate of the person who will use the permit.

Document by which the registration is established before the Chamber of Commerce, the object and the business name of the company or commercial establishment that will carry out the tinting, tinting or darkening of the glasses in case the application is approved, which must be registered duly before the chamber of commerce.

If the permit is approved, a copy of the consignment receipt must be presented in the name of the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police for the value of ten current legal minimum daily wages (10 SMDLV) at the time of notification.

The permit for tinted, tinted or darkened glass is personal and non-transferable and will be valid for two (2) years from its granting.


Keep in mind that putting a protective film on your car is a way to polarize the windows. That is regulated in the country through resolution 033777 of the Ministry of Transport of June 17, 2003 and has very specific limitations.

Glazing materials required for direct vision of the driver: laminated windshield glass, and front doors. Whose light transmission is greater than or equal to seventy percent (70%)

Glazing materials required for the indirect vision of the driver in vehicles equipped with external rear-view mirrors. On both sides of the same. Rear side windows whose light transmission is greater than or equal to fifty-five percent (55%) and rear quarter windows and the fifth door. Whose light transmission is greater than fourteen percent (14%).

To circulate through the national territory with vehicles that have tinted, tinted or darkened windows. Whose percentage of light transmission is lower than those established in numbers 1 and 2 respectively. A permit must be requested from the Ministry of Defense through of the National Police, fulfilling the procedures of the previous point.

If you are going to install tinted films on your vehicle, demand that they give you the certificate of the percentage of darkening that they performed on the glass and on the quality of the work. 

If possible, keep the certificate of the percentage of darkening of the glass at hand in case the transit authority requests it.

Keep in mind that a high level of darkening of the glass during the day can improve the interior temperature and prevent glare from the sun’s rays, but at night it can dangerously reduce visibility.

If it is possible to verify that the level of darkening of the glasses does not comply with the regulations and you do not have the necessary permission to carry the glasses at this level, you may be fined 8 minimum daily legal wages in force.

Conclusion paragraph:

So, whether you’re looking for a way to reduce the amount of glare on your car windows or just want to change up the look of your vehicle, consider tinted glass. It can provide both style and function. And if you have any questions about the process or what type of tint would be best for your car, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional. They can help you get the perfect tint for your needs and ensure that it’s installed correctly so you can enjoy all its benefits. Thanks for reading!

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