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): May 10, 2004

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

           Tennessee                       000-50360            62-1564496
(State or other jurisdiction of   (Commission File Number)    (IRS Employer
        incorporation)                                    Identification Number)

                  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)


Item 12. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

         On May 10, 2004, Direct General Corporation issued a press release
announcing its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2004. A copy of
the press release is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.


         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 thereunto duly authorized.

Date:    May 10, 2004

                           DIRECT GENERAL CORPORATION

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