You already know that there are legal limitations on window tint. What you may not know is that there are exceptions for certain medical conditions. With approval from a physician, you may be able to apply darker window film or cover more areas of glass without being fined. Below is some information you may find very useful.
Waiver from Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Visit your local DMV branch to obtain a waiver form (providing your state allows this.) This form will list conditions such as photosensitivity that qualify for the exception. Take the waiver to your physician so that he or she can certify your medical condition. After obtaining the necessary signature, you can then take the form back to the DMV for approval.
Having your Windows Tinted
Upon obtaining approval, you are then free to tint the side and rear windows and/or place additional tint on your front windshield. That doesn’t mean you are free to darken your windows however you choose. There are still restrictions in most areas-for example, leaving the top six inches of the front windshield free of film. Know what those restrictions are to ensure you remain in compliance.
Take your vehicle and your waiver to a reputable shop in order to have film applied. Don’t assume that because you have a waiver it is okay to have just anyone perform the work. Remember that you must still meet certain standards, even if they are somewhat relaxed. Hiring the right professional will help you maintain those standards and avoid additional fines and penalties. Ideally, you should choose a shop that routinely performs work for those with a medical exemption.
Some locations require an inspection after the work is completed. If so, you will need to return to the DMV to receive an official stamp of approval. Learn when or if the certification expires, as this also varies by location. Some states issue lifetime waivers, while others offer them for only a year or so.
Driving with Exempt Windows
Just because you have a waiver does not mean you will not get pulled over. As such, you should always be prepared to show that you are within the confines of the law. This means having your waiver and/or inspection approval with you at all times. Your state may require you to display a sticker stating you have a medical exemption. If so, be sure your sticker is up to date and clearly visible to an approaching officer.
Surprisingly, many police officers are unaware of the medical exemption laws for window film. This means you should not be shocked if you receive a ticket anyway. Become familiar with traffic court laws to ensure you are ready to fight a citation when and if you get one.
There are times when ordinary window film does not provide adequate protection. In these instances, it may be possible to obtain a medical exemption. If you are bothered by extreme sunlight, consider getting a waiver to protect your health and maintain your comfort.