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)  November 3, 2004              

                         THE FIRST AMERICAN CORPORATION
             (Exact Name of the Registrant as Specified in Charter)

California                        0-3658                         95-1068610
(State or Other Jurisdiction    (Commission                    (IRS Employer
of Incorporation)               File Number)                 Identification No.)

1 First American Way, Santa Ana, California                       92707-5913
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                          (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code  (714) 800-3000              

                                 Not Applicable.
          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

     Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to
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Item 5.03   Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal

     On November 3, 2004, the board of directors of The First American
Corporation (the "Company") amended certain sections of Article V (Officers) of
the Company's bylaws. The amendments specify the duties of the various officers
of the Company, including the responsibilities of each office.

     A copy of the amendments is attached to this current report as Exhibit 3.1

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Exhibit No.                  Description
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3.1                          Amendments to Bylaws.


     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.

                                     THE FIRST AMERICAN CORPORATION

Date: November 3, 2004               By:       /s/ Thomas A. Klemens            
                                        Name:   Thomas A. Klemens
                                        Title:  Senior Executive Vice President
                                                and Chief Financial Officer