About Me

Hello my name is Cody James M. Corbett. As you can tell, I’m a license plate collector.

I earned a B.S. degree in Broad Fields Natural Science with a concentration in Geoscience from Edgewood College in 2012. I have worked at Land O’Lakes and for the American Red Cross. I currently work for the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a Laboratory Manager. I have been in my current role since May of 2017, though I have been working for the University since late 2015. I enjoy collecting license plates, biking, road trips, and cooking. I got married to my lovely wife on July 29, 2017. She comes with me to license plate meets and road trips around the Midwest.  

I’ve been collecting since I was about 10 years old. I started collecting due to a neighbor who worked at Ahrens Cadillac-Oldsmobile in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. He brought me over two sets of plates; one was MET–367 and the other, a personalized plate, SMILE 5. Every time he would get plates he would bring them over. My mother and I started going to garage sales looking for license plates. I met Bill Gelhaus shortly after.

At that time, he was the president of the Dairyland License Plate Collectors’ Club. DLPCC for short is a license plate club based in Wisconsin. Bill invited me to my first meet in De Forest, Wisconsin. Many of the guys will tell you I was so little I could barely see over the tables. This would be my first meet of many and I’ve been with the club ever since. I’ve even been President and currently hold an Executive Board position with the club.

There is a vast majority of knowledge to be collected regarding license plates. Over the years, I’ve been collecting knowledge about them.  There have been times when fellow collectors have said someone should write a book about this topic. Over the years, I have been compiling my notes and I will begin writing about license plates. I will be calling the book will be called Wisconsin Little Known Plates. The book will mostly be about Wisconsin’s rare oddball plates, but will also include other normal plates. Right now, I’m in the research phase, combining years of my own research and several other collectors.

I am asking for the help of everybody with this book. The book will be a community effort. I am looking for license plates of all shapes, sizes, and colors to help me write this book. There is little documentation from the Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles about why plates were made, how long they were in service, and when they were to retire. I’m doing most of my research by finding the actual plates. If anyone has plates, news clippings, or any other plate related items to donate to the cause, please contact me. I wouldn’t mind coming to you to get the items or paying for shipping if need be. It would be nice to be able to preserve the history of Wisconsin license plates.