UNITED STATES
                              WASHINGTON, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

     Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
                                 October 4, 2004

                           DIRECT GENERAL CORPORATION
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

           Tennessee                  000-50360                 62-1564496
 (State or other jurisdiction of    (Commission               (IRS Employer
         incorporation)              File Number)           Identification No.)

            1281 Murfreesboro Road
             Nashville, Tennessee                          37217
   (Address of principal executive offices)              (Zip Code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (615) 399-4700

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 7.01    Regulation FD Disclosure.

     On October 4, 2004, Direct General Corporation (the "Company") issued a
press release previewing the third quarter of 2004. A copy of the Company's
press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.

Item 9.01    Financial Statements and Exhibits.

       (c)   Exhibits.

             The following exhibit is filed herewith and made a part hereof:

             Exhibit No.       Description
             -----------       -----------

             99       --       Press Release dated October4, 2004.


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date:  October 4, 2004

                                             DIRECT GENERAL CORPORATION

                                             By: /s/ Ronald F. Wilson
                                                 Ronald F. Wilson