According to the new law, the tint on your windows has to allow 70 percent of light to pass through. It's supposed to go into effect on January 1, so if you have an inspection scheduled for December you're in the clear until next year.

This week Governor Cuomo signed a law that will now require auto inspections to include a check of tinted windows. If windows are tinted too dark, the entire vehicle will fail inspection.

According to the new law, the tint on your windows has to allow 70 percent of light to pass through. It's supposed to go into effect on January 1, so if you have an inspection scheduled for December you're in the clear until next year.

Paul Marone is the owner of East Ave Auto where they do car inspections every day. He says this is a change supported by police unions, but one that mechanics have issues with. He's still waiting to hear from the state on what tools or equipment he needs to perform this test and how much it's going to cost him.

Paul Marone, East Ave Auto: “It's the front windows of the car, the passenger and driver window are going to have to meet a tint spec. I think that that tint spec is the same that the policemen use now to write you a ticket for the tinting. But your car is no longer going to pass inspection if it had the dark tinting on the front windows.

This is another unfunded mandate on people that do inspections, because I don't think the inspection fee is going to go up. But they're going to require us to do more work for the inspection, buy more equipment.”

So how do you figure out if your car passes? The best way would be to take it to a detail shop, they should be able to let you know.

The NYS DMV provided the following statement:

Illegal window tinting puts the safety of our law enforcement officers at risk during roadside encounters with motorists. Under this law signed by Governor Cuomo, vehicles with illegally tinted windows will now fail their annual vehicle inspection and will be unable to receive an inspection sticker until the tint is removed. DMV is now in the process of planning all appropriate actions necessary to implement this new policy.

More information is available here.