Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

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9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Nov. 09, 2020
Cover [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Transition Report false  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2020  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2020  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity File Number 001-36247  
Entity Registrant Name TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001431959  
Entity Tax Identification Number 74-3237581  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code NV  
Entity Address, Address Line One 5700 West Plano Pkwy  
Entity Address, Address Line Two Suite 3600  
Entity Address, City or Town Plano  
Entity Address, State or Province TX  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 75093  
City Area Code (214)  
Local Phone Number 432-8002  
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, $0.001 par value  
Trading Symbol TRCH  
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business true  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   99,327,673