Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

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12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Mar. 18, 2021
Jun. 30, 2020
Cover [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Annual Report true    
Document Transition Report false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2020    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2020    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity File Number 000-53473    
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 W. Plano Parkway    
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 Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes    
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer    
Entity Small Business true    
Entity Emerging Growth Company false    
Entity Shell Company false    
Entity Public Float     $ 28,337,186
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   145,313,667  
ICFR Auditor Attestation Flag false