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United States DV lottery Photo Size Requirements

Passport picture size Width: 2 inch, Height: 2 inch
Resolution (DPI) 600
Background color White
Printable photo Yes
Digital photo for online submission Yes
Digital photo size Width: 600 pixels , Height: 600 pixels
Photo Paper type matte
Detailed requirements
If you are entering the Diversity Visa (DV) Program online, you must upload your digital image as part of your entry.It is required that all photographs of you, your spouse, and your derivative children be taken within the past six months. You will not be eligible for a DV if you submit the same photograph as a previous entry. Your DV lottery photo must meet all the following requirements:
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance

  • Printed in color

  • The background should be white or off-white

  • The head size should be between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image's height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.

  • A full-face view taken directly in front of the camera

  • Open both eyes and maintain a neutral facial expression

  • Dressed in daily clothing

  • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.

  • Do not wear hats or head coverings that obscure your hair, unless you do so daily for religious reasons.The head covering must not cast shadows on your face, and your entire face must be visible.

  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.

  • Glasses are not allowed in new visa photos, except in rare situations when they cannot be removed for medical reasons; e.g., the applicant has recently had ocular surgery and the glasses are necessary to protect the applicant's eyes.In these cases, a medical statement should be provided by a health practitioner.If the eyeglasses are accepted for medical reasons:

    • Spectacle frames should not cover the eye(s).

    • Eyeglasses should not have glare that obscures the eye(s).

    • There must not be shadows or refraction from the eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s). 

  • Hearing aids and similar articles may be worn in your picture if you wear them normally.

It is not acceptable to use photos copied from driver's licenses or other official documents.


In addition, Diversity Lottery Green Card photo has to meet the following requirements:

When you apply for the Diversity Visa (DV) Program online,

.Your digital image must be:

  • In JPEG (.jpg) file format

  • Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size

  • In a square aspect ratio (height must equal width)

  • 600x600 pixels in dimension

If you want to scan an existing,in addition to the digital image requirements, your existing photo must be:

  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)

  • Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter)

If you are selected,

Two (2) identical photos must be brought to the interview by each DV applicant.Your photos must be:

  • A photo-quality print

  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size


Take the photo yourself

You may take the photo yourself. Photos must not be digitally enhanced or altered to change your appearance in any way. 

Why 123PassportPhoto?

  • Save money: You don't need to pay so much for your passport photo. With 123PassportPhoto service, you can make your own passport photos and print it yourself.
  • Save time: Just take a photo using digital camera, then upload and create passport photo with 3 steps. It takes less than 5 minutes to be ready for download.
  • White background enhancement: Our premium feature can help you to adjust the photo so that you can get a white background passport photo. Most countries prefer white background passport photos.
  • Ultra high resolution photo: 123PassportPhoto generates passport photos suitable for 600 dpi printing.
  • We support 50+ countries such as USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, China, Singapore, Russia, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Argentina and more.

General Passport Photo Requirements

  • Neutral facial expression: a. do not open mouth; b. open eyes.
  • No glasses; No Hat.
  • Don't cover eyebrows with hair.

Find more information on requirements and photo taking tips here.

How to Print Passport Photos Using Color Printer

  1. Download the 4R sheet with multiple photos.
  2. Check the requirements and use correct 4R photographic paper (matte, semi-matt or glossy paper).
  3. Print the 4R sheet with no margins. Make sure the 4R picture fit exactly on the 4R photo paper.
  4. Cut the 4R sheet along the gray lines and you will get multiple photos.

Steps to create passport photos

  1. Select country and ID photo type, and click Start.
  2. Upload photo. In order to correctly make passport photo, the picture size should be smaller than 10MB, and the dimensions should be smaller than 4000 x 3000 pixels. The system accepts only .JPG or .JPEG files. The Crop page opens when the photo is uploaded.
  3. Crop photo to the correct passport photo size dimension.
  4. If you need white background enhancement, select an enhancement.
  5. Click the Next button, you will get a printable passport picture which is suitable to be printed on 4R (4x6") photo paper.
  6. Save the 4R sheet and print it using a photo printer or print it at any photo center.

How to Take Baby Passport Photos

  1. Lay white or light color baby quilt or blanket in a bright room or other places with good lighting.
  2. Lay the baby on the quilt or blanket.
  3. Ensure baby is looking straight at the camera with eyes open, mouth closed and not smiling.

See more tips on taking baby passport photos here.

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