Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

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9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Nov. 10, 2016
Document and Entity Information    
Entity Registrant Name TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES INC  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2016  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Central Index Key 0001431959  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   50,336,762
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3