Green Card Lottery Photo Requirements

All DV2026 Green Card Lottery applicants are required to provide a recent photograph of themselves and all co-applicants (spouse and children). You will need a digital photo file of your self and any co-applicant, which you can upload to your account online in the member’s area.

Photographs that do not comply with all specifications, including but not limited to recency of the photos, composition of the photos, and unacceptable backgrounds are grounds for disqualification of the entire Diversity Visa Lottery registration. Any manipulation of photographs that alters the facial characteristics is also grounds for disqualification of the entire application as well.

Diversity Visa Lottery Photo Requirements

Need help with your Green Card DV2026 Lottery photos?

We realize that it may be difficult for most people to provide correct digital photos for the Diversity Visa Lottery, or have them adjusted to the appropriate specifications detailed above. It may be quite difficult to adjust them correctly so that the photos meet the exact requirements outlined above. Photos that do not meet the exact requirements are ground for disqualification of the entire DV-Lottery application, so make sure that your photo meet the exact specifications as shown in the photo above. In order to address this potential issue and make it easier for every applicant, USA Diversity Lottery accepts photos in all formats (digital or paper) and through all forms of delivery (mail, e-mail and digital upload). Once we receive your photos here at USA Diversity Lottery or you upload them online to your account, we digitize and adjust them to the exact specifications to ensure your application is valid and that your photos do not jeopardize your entire application. After we have adjusted your photos to the exact US Department of State specifications, we upload them to your account in the member’s area so that you can see your complete and error free application. If there is a problem with your photo that we can not correct, we contact you via the e-mail address you provided us during registration, and ask that you send/upload a replacement photo for your USA Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery registration.

Important: Before you try to submit your photos, you should register. After you have signed up with USA Diversity Lottery and paid the administrative fee, you may submit your photos to your account by uploading them directly or mailing them to us via regular mail.
If you already have registered with USA Diversity Lottery and paid the administrative fee, please go to and login to 1) access your account, 2) enter your application data and 3) submit/upload your photos.

Green Card Lottery Photo Examples

If you would like to see some valid and invalid examples of images, please click on DV-Lottery Photo Examples.

DV2026 Registration

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