Photo requirements to play and win US DV lottery


Photo requirements to play and win US DV lottery

US DV lottery online photo requirements to apply
US DV lottery photo requirements

According to US DV lottery officials, if you fill the US DV lottery form online with a photo that does not meet their requirements, you will be disqualified.

The US DV lottery officials have shared photo requirements to play and win the US DV lottery.

Statistics also show that about 30% of applicants get disqualified due to wrong photos submitted during entries. 

Check photos requirements below.

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Official Photo Requirements for USA Green Card Lottery

Head position

The person being photographed must face the camera.

The person's head should not be tilted up, down or to the side.

The height of the head or the size of the facial region (measured from the top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) must measure between 50 percent and 69 percent of the total height of the image. Eye height (measured from the bottom of the image to eye level) should be between 56 and 69 percent of the height of the image.

Background of photos

The person must be photographed against a neutral, light-coloured background.

 Dark or patterned backgrounds are not accepted.

The photograph must be clear.

Decorative objects

Photographs in which the person is wearing sunglasses or other objects that block the view of the face will not be accepted.

Headwear and hats

Photographs of candidates wearing head coverings or hats are only acceptable if the head covering is worn for religious reasons

In this case, the headgear must not hide any part of the candidate's face. Photographs of applicants wearing tribal or other headdresses that are not specifically religious in nature will not be accepted. Photographs of military, airline personnel or others wearing hats will not be accepted.

Photo bit requirements

24-bit color photographs are required.

Color photographs can be downloaded from a camera to the computer or scanned into the computer. If you are using a scanner, the settings must be set to True Color or 24-bit color mode. See additional information on the characteristics of scanned photographs below.

Photo Dimensions

DV lottery photo dimensions
DV Photo dimensions

The size of the US DV lottery photo is 600×600 and above.

Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width). Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 pixels (width) x 600 pixels (height). Maximum acceptable dimensions are 1200 pixels (width) x 1200 pixels (height).


DV Photo File Format

The image must be in JPEG file format

DV Photo File Size

The image must be less than or equal to 240 kB (kilobytes).

Technical specifications

The digital photograph submitted must comply with the following specifications, otherwise the system will automatically reject the E-DV entry form and notify the sender.

Examples of Good and bad photos of DV lottery

Check the screenshot below showing good and bad photos of the DV lottery. Green tick is good example.

Good and bad photos of US DV lottery
Examples of US DV lottery photo

Common questions and answers photos requirements for us DV lottery

Which Camera is best to snap a US DV lottery photo?

The Best Camera is any digital camera.

Can I use my Android phone to snap a US DV lottery photo?

Yes if your Camera quality meets the requirements above. I recommend you hire a professional.


To maximize your chances of winning the US DV lottery, it's always important to meet all the requirements above. This can be done by hiring a professional photographer because many people are disqualified due to wrong photos.

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