(As Amended through December 20, 2019)


To provide for the general welfare by establishing a system of Federal old-age benefits, and by enabling the several States to make more adequate provision for aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of their unemployment compensation laws; to establish a Social Security Board; to raise revenue; and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,



Sec. 1. Appropriation

Sec. 2. State old-age plans

Sec. 3. Payment to States

Sec. 4. Operation of State plans

[Sec. 5. Repealed.]

Sec. 6. Definition

[1]  P.L. 74-271, approved August 14, 1935, 49 Stat. 620.

[2]  Title I of the Social Security Act is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Office of Family Assistance administers benefit payments under Title I. The Administration for Public Services, Office of Human Development Services, administers social services under Title I.

Title I appears in the United States Code as §§301-306, subchapter I, chapter 7, Title 42.

Regulations relating to Title I are contained in subtitle A and chapter XIII, Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations.

P.L. 92-603, §303, repealed Title I effective January 1, 1974, except with respect to Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas may elect to initiate a Title I social services program if it chooses; see Vol. II, P.L. 94-241, approved March 24, 1976, 90 Stat. 263, [Covenant to Establish Northern Mariana Islands].

See Vol. II, 31 U.S.C. 6504-6505, with respect to intergovernmental cooperation and 31 U.S.C. 7501-7507, with respect to uniform audit requirements for State and local governments receiving Federal financial assistance.

See Vol. II, P.L. 82-183, §618, for the “Jenner Amendment”, which prohibits denial of grants-in-aid under certain conditions.

See Vol. II, P.L. 88-352, §601, for prohibition against discrimination in Federally assisted programs.

See Vol. II, P.L. 89-97, §121(b), with respect to restrictions on payment to a State receiving payments under Title XIX.

See Vol. II, P.L. 90-248, §234(c), with respect to nursing homes which do not meet all requirements of a State for licensure.

[3] This table of contents does not appear in the law.