DV Lottery 2024 Online Applications Form Requirements Photo requirements

The US State Department requires all applications to be filed electronically. Please be advised that any minor error in the application procedure will result in your immediate disqualification without further notice.

The photo requirements are very strict and must meet the following criteria:

BackgroundLight-colored and plain
Head sizeThe face (from chin to hair) must represent between 50 % and 69 % of the total height of the photo.
Head positionFace the camera. Your head must not be tilted up, down, or to the side.
ExposureThe photo must not be overexposed or underexposed. Shadows must not be visible.
Digital image alterationsShould be avoided. A modified background can influence the shape of the head.
The faceMust not be covered by hair and facial expression should be neutral.
Head coveringsAre not permitted except for religious reasons.
GlassesAre not allowed.
ColorHigh-quality color photos only – no black and white photos!
Photo size51x51mm
Resolution600×600 pixels / 300 dpi
File sizeMaximum 240 KB
File formatJPG format
Photo ageThe photo must not be older than 6 months and needs to reflect the current look. Photos of previous DV Lotteries should not be used.

Please do not use copies of identity cards or passports!

If an existing photo is scanned, it must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi). The original photo should be 2 x 2 inches in size. The maximum image size accepted will be 240 KB. Images should be taken directly facing the camera in front of a light-colored background. The face should cover between 50 % and 69 % of the height of the image.

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