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)
                                January 31, 2005

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

           Tennessee                000-50360                62-1564496
 (State or other jurisdiction      (Commission             (IRS Employer
       of 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 January 31, 2005, Direct General Corporation (the "Company") issued a
press release announcing a share repurchase program. 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 furnished herewith and made a part hereof:

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

             99      --        Press Release dated January 31, 2005.


     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:  January 31, 2005

                                           DIRECT GENERAL CORPORATION

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