The method according to the invention for a two-stage authorization of a charging process ensures a largely user action-free method, by means of which the personal authorization of a charging post user is carried out in a first step in order to release a charging cable and the authorization to release a charging process is carried out on the basis of a vehicle-side authorization verification received via the connected charging cable in a second step. In the first step, an end terminal-side authorization verification transmitted by a mobile terminal designed as a smart watch for example is received by a control device paired with the charging post. The first personal authorization of the charging post user is checked on the basis of the end terminal-side authorization verification without requiring any action by the charging post user. The charging cable is released upon a given first authorization. In a second step, the vehicle-side authorization verification is received and checked after the vehicle is connected to the charging cable, whereupon in the event of a positive result of the check, a second authorization is carried out followed by a release of the charging process.