West Coast States' Rules And Regulations On Rear Window Graphics

by Yuki Chan on May 1, 2017

vinyl_graphics_for_cars_Riveting_Wraps_Seattle_Bellevue.jpgDid you know that custom vinyl wraps and graphics can be installed on rear windows as well as vehicle body surfaces?   Of course, for safety reasons, it is not advisable to put graphics on the windshield and the side windows. However, the rear window can be an exception when the right type of rear window graphics are used. Using the proper coverage or type of vinyl will not cause any obstruction to the driver's rear vision. Check out below to learn about the rules and regulations on vehicle rear window decals in Washington, Oregon and California. 

Washington Rear Window Graphics Law

washington map.png"No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster, or other nontransparent material upon the front windshield, side wings, or side or rear windows of such vehicle which obstructs the driver's clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway." 

Revised Code of Washington 46.37.410

The above is an extract from RCW 46.37.410. It stated that graphics on the rear window is allowed as long as it is transparent and keep the driver's view unobstructed. Riveting Wraps selects a 50/50 perforated window film for our clients' rear window advertisements. The tiny holes on the vinyl achieve an one-way see-through effect that enables driver to see through the rear window while outsiders only notice the advertisement.

Oregon Rear Window Graphics Law

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According to the 2015 Oregon Revised Statutes 815.220, the restriction of installing graphics that would block both inside and outside views of vehicle windows does not apply to the rear window. This means that rear window decals or perforated window films are allowed. However, as stated by the Oregon window tinting laws, the material must have a light transmittance of 50% or more.

As a matter of fact, graphics on the rear window were not allowed in Oregon prior to 2013. This is an interesting anecdote from an Oregon vehicle wraps and graphics business like Riveting Wraps. Being pulled over for too many times because of his vehicle rear window advertisement, which this same pain point was shared by many of his clients, this business owner decided to fight the law and demanded the transportation committee to amend the law for a reasonable cause. Kudos to this brave business owner! Rear window advertisements are now permitted in the State of Oregon.

California Rear Window Graphics Law

california map.png"A 7 inch square on either the passenger’s side windshield lower corner or the lower corner of the rear window."

- State of California DMV

In California, rear window decals are restricted to a certain size. But for rear window perf, there are no indications that it is prohibited. Since its perforated nature eliminated general vinyl graphics' impediment on rear windows, it did not violate the rule of blocking views.

Ensure Safety And Advertise At The Same Time

GMC pickup truck wraps Riveting Wraps Bellevue Seattle WA.jpgIn fact, the rear window is a space that attracts a lot of views coming from the drivers that follow behind the vehicle during traffic and passersby who walk past the vehicle when it is parked. Check out Riveting Wraps' Portfolio to see more examples.

New Call-to-actionStay tuned to our blog for other states' rules and regulations on rear window graphics. Be sure to check out the most updated information from the local DMVs or State Legislature before traveling to avoid traffic tickets. Click to learn about how vehicle graphics influence customer choices. Do not waste the rear "window of opportunity," give Riveting Wraps a call at (425) 368-5007 or email us at hello@rivetingwraps.com. 

Topics: Rear Window Graphics, Vehicle Graphics Laws

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