It's a far more common occurrence than most of us want to admit. One day you're driving around with a perfectly intact windshield, and before you know it, a small little ding turns into a full-blown crack. Now what?

Here in Maine, take a walk through the busy parking lot of a big box store or supermarket, and you're likely to spot at least a couple of cars with windshields that could use a little repair. But is it illegal to drive around in Maine with a crack in your windshield? The answer is a bit complicated.

Yes, it's illegal to drive with a crack in your windshield in Maine.

Woman Phoning For Help After Car Windshield Has Broken

According to, there are a few provisions behind the law in Maine that prohibits driving with a cracked windshield. If any crack obstructs the driver's view of the road, it is deemed an illegal crack.

Large cracks are also prohibited. The crack needs to be six inches or longer in order for it to be deemed illegal. If repairs are done to the windshield, those repairs cannot affect the driver's viewpoint, or else the entire windshield will need to be replaced.

Are there other regulations that could affect my windshield?

Smashed windscreen of a car, damaged glass

Yes. Maine law prohibits any posters, signs, or tinting on a car's windshield, with the exception of a Maine inspection sticker. Additionally, windshield wipers must be considered in good working condition. If a vehicle's windshield is replaced, it must be replaced with a windshield of equal quality.

What kind of citations can I receive for violating this law?

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John Roman

Typically, punishments for violating Maine's cracked windshield laws will result in fines between $50 to $120. Repeated violations could result in escalating penalties.

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