WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                   FORM 12b-25

                           NOTIFICATION OF LATE FILING

Check One:

[ ] Form 10-K
[ ] Form 20-F
[ ] Form 11-K
[x] Form 10-Q
[ ] Form N-SAR

For Period Ended:           May 15, 2001

[ ] Transition Report on Form 10-K
[ ] Transition Report on Form 20-F
[ ] Transition Report on Form 11-K
[ ] Transition Report on Form 10-Q
[ ] Transition Report on Form N-SAR

For the Transition Period Ended:

If the notification  relates to a portion of the filing checked above,  identify
the Item(s) to which the notification relates:



Full Name of Registrant

Not Applicable
Former Name if Applicable

1 First American Way
Address of Principal Executive Office (Street and Number)

Santa  Ana, California 92707-5913
City, State and Zip Code

PART II -- RULES 12b-25(b) AND (c)

If the subject report could not be filed without  unreasonable effort or expense
and the registrant seeks relief pursuant to Rule 12b-25(b), the following should
be completed. (Check box if appropriate)

[x]    (a)      The reasons  described in reasonable  detail in Part III of this
                form  could not be  eliminated  without  unreasonable  effort or

[x]    (b)      The subject annual report, semi-annual report, transition report
                on Form 10-K, Form 20-F, 11-K or Form N-SAR, or portion thereof,
                will be filed on or before the fifteenth  calendar day following
                the  prescribed  due date;  or the subject  quarterly  report or
                transition report on Form 10-Q, or portion thereof will be filed
                on or before the fifth calendar day following the prescribed due
                date; and

[ ]    (c)      The  accountant's  statement or other  exhibit  required by Rule
                12b-25(c) has been attached if applicable.


State below in reasonable  detail the reasons why Forms 10-K,  20-F, 11-K, 10-Q,
N-SAR, or the transition  report or portion  thereof,  could not be filed within
the prescribed time period:

         The Company needs additional time to finalize its financial  statements
         in order to ensure  accurate  reporting of its financial  condition and
         results of operations.


(1)      Name and  telephone  number of person to contact in
         regard to this notification

                 Max Valdes                    (714)              800-3000
         --------------------------------  ---------------  --------------------
                   (Name)                   (Area Code)      (Telephone Number)

(2)      Have all  other  periodic  reports  required  under
         Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities  Exchange Act
         of 1934 or Section 30 of the Investment Company Act
         of 1940 during the  preceding 12 months or for such
         shorter  period that the registrant was required to
         file such  report(s)  been filed?  If answer is no,
         identify report(s)                                       [x] Yes [ ] No


(3)      Is it anticipated  that any  significant  change in
         results of operations from the corresponding period
         for the last fiscal year will be  reflected  by the
         earnings  statements  to be included in the subject
         report or portion thereof?                               [ ] Yes [x] No


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

has  caused  this  notification  to be signed on its  behalf by the  undersigned
hereunto duly authorized.

Date       May 15, 2001              By       /s/ Max Valdes
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