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When you’re looking to repair or replace your auto glass, you want to be sure you’re choosing a service provider who meets or exceeds industry standards, just like you would with any other good or service you might buy. So who regulates auto glass?

While there are many regulations concerning the auto glass installed in cars at the factory, there are few regulations surrounding installing windshield and other glass once a car has been purchased from the dealer.

When it comes to actual installers, regulation is spotty at best. Some states and localities require licensing, but many do not. That’s why it’s important to choose a quality company like those on .

But what kind of auto glass safety standards do those registered shops have to meet? Let’s take a look.

Auto Glass Replacement

With replacement, the glass is removed from the vehicle and new glass is installed. The Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (also known as the the AGRSS Standard ™) is a voluntary standard that describes in detail the step-by-step process for replacing auto glass. The Standard is developed and maintained by the not-for-profit Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC).

The current Standard is ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS 003-2015. You can buy a copy for $29 through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Auto Glass Repair

When a break in a windshield is fixed and the glass is treated, but not replaced, the Repair of Laminated Auto Glass (also known as the ROLAGS Standard™) defines when auto glass can be repaired and when it must be replaced. The Standard is ANSI/NWRA/ROLAGS 001-2014. It was developed by the not-for-profit National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA).

Accredited Auto Glass Companies

The Auto Glass Safety Council accredits companies that follow the AGRSS Standard and agree to undergo robust periodic independent audits of their company. AGSC accredited member companies are designated with this logo on

Auto Glass Safety Council logo

Find a Certified Installer

Finally, if you’re unsure who to hire to replace auto glass, remember that you can always trust an installer who’s registered with the AGSC. Search a list of certified companies at the™ website.

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Trey Barrineau

Trey Barrineau was the editor of Door & Window Market magazine (DWM). He edits and writes a wide range of content, from breaking-news items and first-person blog posts for the Web to 4,000-word, deeply researched features for print. He also manages DWM's social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. He came to DWM in December 2014 from USA Today. During his time at Key, Trey’s work has received national and regional recognition from the publishing industry. His 2016 coverage of Venezuela’s takeover of a U.S. glass factory was a 2017 finalist for the Jesse H. Neal Awards in the Best News Coverage category. In 2016, he won a silver medal from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) Awards of Excellence for the Mid-Atlantic Region for a 2015 feature article on the lack of skilled labor in the door and window industry. Prior to joining DWM, Trey was a multiplatform editor and writer in USA Today's Life section from September 2000 to December 2014. While there, he won more than a dozen awards for outstanding headlines. Before that, he worked for more than 10 years covering news and sports at daily newspapers in North Carolina. Trey is a 1988 graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. In 2016, he earned the Fenestration Associate professional certification from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). He lives with his wife Jacqui and their occasional office-dog Siri in Northern Virginia. Find out more about Trey on Linkedin.

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  1. I’ve been looking for a good auto glass company, and I think that being able to get some tips would be good. I’m glad you talked about being able to get things fixed, as opposed to replaced for auto glass. I’m going to have to look for a good auto glass option and see what we can find!

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