In California Can I tint my rear tail lights so they are a bit darker?
I also live in California & was looking into tinting my rear tail lights to black on my 2008 scion xB. This is what I found....
If you look up the vehicle code of California, it states that "(e) Taillamps shall be red in color and shall be plainly visible from all distances within 500 feet to the rear except that taillamps on vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1969, shall be plainly visible from all distances within 1,000 feet to the rear. " Go to
to read the whole tail light vehicle code for California. Needless to say, Im sure that if you tinted them anyway, you will be pulled over & given a fix it ticket by the CHP & then it would cost you more $$ and time to repace the tail lights. Im not going to go through all that, they can just stay red... I have received 2 tickets in California for this -- tinting of the tail lights. One 3 months ago, and one just this week. The first one was referring to the answer you've listed above -- the "red in color, visible 1000 feet". I had the ticket signed off by an officer, without changing the tint on the tail lights. However, the ticket I received this week refers to another vehicle code that states that you MAY NOT alter any vehicle light equipment unless it is D.O.T. approved equipment, which tinted tail lights are not. And, this is NOT a fix-it ticket -- there is a fine and you cannot just remove the lenses and pay a $10 administrative fee. Needless to say, I am not happy. I wish the officer who signed off on the first ticket (who was the watch commander of the office) would have told me the lights were not legal... it would have saved a lot of time, upset and money.